Weekly English Fix


A bit of rain helps the flowers grow!

By Klaudyna Piatek April 12th, 2021

The nice thing about grey days is that people tend to stay home, which means that my family and I can have the great outdoors all to ourselves. Our hike yesterday to the Refuge de Cézanne was absolutely lovely, and we were all alone. We must have met a grand total of 10 people! 

Funny anecdote about language learning: just yesterday afternoon, I was a little flustered and trying to figure out what I should pack for my son when I very nearly said: Je lui ai mis une poule chaude. I only almost said it, however, my husband caught it and absolutely teased me. For those of you who are not there yet in French, it means: I packed him a hot hen. I meant to say: Je lui ai mis un pull chaud; which would mean: I packed him a warm sweater. 

You will quite probably say a very many silly things on your language learning journey; embrace them! They will serve as great anecdotes later on and you’ll be able to get a good laugh out of them. 


THIS WEEK’S

TOP STORIES

This kid couldn’t find an avatar that looked like him — so he helped create one

https://www.cbc.ca/kidsnews/post/this-kid-couldnt-find-an-avatar-that-looked-like-him-so-he-helped-create-on

When I came across this article I absolutely loved it, and what’s more? It’s from the Kids News CBC website. So for those of you who have pre-teens or teenagers who want to read a bit in English, why not give the website a try?

How France is making renting property (a bit) easier

https://www.thelocal.fr/20210407/how-france-is-making-renting-property-a-bit-easier/

I thought this article might be useful to those of you looking for a place to rent in France, but also for those learning English, to read about renting and the difficulties that foreigners to the country often encounter. 

THIS WEEK’S

TOP TIPS

Long Term Improvement

One of the things that really helped me improve my French has been cooking. It’s amazing how much vocabulary and practical grammatical structures you can learn from a good cook book. I recommend this to anyone who likes cooking, honestly, it has been very very helpful! I’ll post about one of my favorites on Instagram this week, so follow us @groupetude and check it out!

Vocabulary

Do you read headlines? You should! It doesn’t take very long, but a good headline will also contain clever new words you can use. If you don’t have a lot of time to devote to reading the news in a foreign language, why not start with just the headlines ?

Grammar Spot

French: having trouble with the subjunctive? Try this: Il faut que tu fasses tes devoirs. Now you know that whenever you say, “il faut que + the subject (like il, elle, tu…) you must use the subjunctive. You know what’s frustrating? My 4 year old son is beginning to use this structure better than me! Quelle honte! 

English: if you use the words must, can, will, have to, etc. (basically all modal verbs) what comes after is always the infinitive. For example: You must wash your car; she can take a cookie, Rebecca has to do her homework. 


Ok, do you have any questions? Drop me line, I’ll get back to you ASAP! 

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