Jan 23, 2019

French comparatives

First, the words used to compare:

  • plus…que (more…than/___er than) for superior comparisons
  • moins…que (less…than) for inferior comparisons
  • aussi…que (as…as) or autant que (as much/many as) for equal comparisons


1/ With adjectives/adverbs

  • Le chat est plus* petit que le chien. → The cat is smaller than the dog.
  • Le chat est moins petit que le chien. → The cat is less small than the dog.
  • Le chat est aussi petit que le chien. → The cat is as small as the dog. 


*The "s" of "plus is not pronunced before an adjective or adverb.

Liaison:

Liaison is the pronunciation of a latent word-final consonant immediately before a following vowel sound.

  • Paul est plus élégant que Pierre. → Paul is more elegant than Peter.
  • Paul est moins élégant que Pierre. → Paul is less elegant than Peter.

2/ With nouns: "de/d'" are added.

  • Paul a plus* de livres que Pierre. → Paul has more books than Peter. 
  • Paul a moins de montres que Pierre. → Paul has fewer watches than Peter. 
  • Paul a autant de stylos que Pierre. → Paul has as many pens as Peter.


Élision with "de"

  • Paul a plus d'argent que Pierre. → Paul has more money than Peter. 
  • Paul a moins d'argent que Pierre. → Paul has less money than Peter. 
  • Paul a autant d'argent que Pierre. → Paul has as much money as Peter. 
    *The "s" of "plus is pronunced before an adjective or adverb.

    3/ With verbs

    • Paul travaille plus* que Pierre. → Paul works more than Peter. 
    • Paul travaille moins que Pierre. → Paul works less than Peter. 
    • Paul travaille autant que Pierre. → Paul works as much as Peter.

    *The "s" of "plus is pronunced before an adjective or adverb.


    Élision with "que" becoming "qu'"

    • Paul travaille pluqu'elle. → Paul works more* than she does. 
    • Paul travaille moins qu'elle. → Paul works less than she does.
    • Paul travaille autant qu'elle. → Paul works as much as she does.

    When using "plus". No change with "moins" or "aussi".

    Irregular comparative:

    bon(ne) (good→ meilleur(e) (better)

    mauvais(e) (bad) pire/ plus mauvais (worse). 



    • Cette pizza est meilleure que celle-là. → This pizza is better than this one.

    • Cette pizza est moins bonne que celle-là. → This pizza is not as good as this one.

    • Cette pizza est aussi bonne que celle-là. → This pizza is as good as this one.


    Oct 29, 2018

    French verb: avoir (to have)

    Present:

    j'ai
    tuas
    il/ellea
    nousavons
    vousavez
    ils/ellesont



    Examples:

    J'ai un chien. → I have a dog.




    Elle a faim. → She is hungry.

    Oct 10, 2018

    French verb: aller (to go)

    Present:

    jevais
    tuvas
    il/elleva
    nousallons
    vousallez
    ils/ellesvont



    Examples:

    Je vais au supermarché. → I go/am going to the supermarket.




    Elle va manger au restaurant. → She's going to eat at the restaurant.

    Oct 2, 2018

    French singer Charles Aznavour died at 94

    Charles Aznavour, l'un des plus grands chanteurs français, est décédé le premier octobre 2018. Il avait 94 ans. Voici une de ses plus célèbres chansons, Emmenez-moi, pour lui rendre hommage.
    Charles Aznavour, one of the greatest French singers, died on October 1, 2018. He was 94 years old. Here is one of his most famous songs, Take me along, to pay tribute to him.

    La vidéo avec les paroles en français.
    The video with the lyrics in French.

    For the lyrics in English, go to: https://genius.com/Charles-aznavour-take-me-along-lyrics

    Author of the video: thabet tlili

    Sep 29, 2018

    French song : Ma liberté by Georges Moustaki (French and English lyrics on screen)

    Ma liberté (My freedomby Georges Moustaki, 1969 (album: Le métèque)

    Georges Moustaki, (né Giuseppe Mustacchi), est un auteur-compositeur-interprète d'origine italo-grecque naturalisé français en 1985. Il est né le 3 mai 1934 à Alexandrie (Egypte) et il est mort le 23 mai 2013 à Nice. Georges Moustaki était aussi artiste-peintre et écrivain.
    Georges Moustaki, (born Giuseppe Mustacchi), is a songwriter of Italian-Greek origin naturalized French in 1985. He was born on May 3, 1934 in Alexandria (Egypt) and died on May 23, 2013 in Nice. Georges Moustaki was also a painter and writer.



    Video author: frenchrescue


    Sep 16, 2018

    French verb: Boire (to drink)

    Present:

    jebois
    tubois
    il/elleboit
    nousbuvons
    vousbuvez
    ils/ellesboivent



    Examples:

    Je bois du café. → I drink/am drinking (some) coffee.




    Elle boit de la bière. → She drinkss/is drinking (some) beer.

    Sep 10, 2018

    The French education system

    Le système éducatif en France (The French education system)

    See the article about the Grandes Écoles on Wikipedia.