Elementary French class : Summary 5

For our fifth lesson, we reviewed last week’s vocabulary in French. Then we corrected the grammar exercise about the past tense and you told us about various anecdotes that happened to you.

1) Explain (in French!!) the vocabulary below.
2) 5 sentences to sum up a good film you have seen recently
3) 2 questions in the past tense (passé composé or imparfait) for the other students
4) Use the game to practise the passé composé and the imparfait (see attached PDF)

un camion
une camionnette
tomber malade
la brocante
les antiquités
faire le ménage

une pièce:
une pièce de monnaie
une pièce de théâtre
un appartement de trois pièces

une partie:
une partie de la population
je fais partie d’un groupe

une part:
une part de gâteau

Advanced French Tuesdays AM – Summary 4

Mardi nous avons commencé par réviser le vocabulaire de la semaine précédente, puis nous avons parlé de la situation sociale en France. Nous n’avons pas eu le temps de parler de la télévision et des médias mais nous le ferons la semaine prochaine!

– Le vocabulaire !
– Que pensez-vous des médias et de la télévision? Trouvez-vous qu’ils soient importants?


apporter /// amener
le contrôle technique
un panneau
un égoût
une cotisation
le mécontentement

Elementary French Class – Summary 4

We started our fourth lesson with a review from last week’s vocabulary in French, before correcting the grammar exercises about the imperfect. Then we talked about television: things we like and dislike (la téléréalité !) on TV.

1) Explain (in French!!) the vocabulary below.
2) Do the exercise (putting the text in the past tense): try and do it all, but if you find it tricky or don’t have much time, go at least up to : “freine brusquement”
3) Tell us something that has happened to you (something funny, odd, unusual) in the past week.

un sous-titre
la poitrine
une série d’espionnage
un truc
un concours /// une compétition
une livraison

Le passé composé :
1.Un fait spécifique dans le passé, avec une date précise
2.Une succession d’actions
3.Une action brutale
L’imparfait :
1.Une action qui était en train de se passer (en anglais ‘was happening’)
2.Une habitude dans le passé (en anglais ‘used to’)
3.Une description dans le passé

Advanced French Conversation Tuesday – Summary #2

Ce deuxième cours de conversation a commencé par une revue du vocabulaire de la semaine 1, puis nous avons corrigé les exercices de grammaire sur les pronoms (!). Pas facile, mais intéressant ! Ensuite, Carina nous a parlé de And the Land Lay Still de J Robertson, Margaret a évoqué “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” et Liz a donné son avis sur La Reine des Lectrices. On continuera notre revue la semaine prochaine ! Read More…

Elementary French Monday – Summary #2


We started our second lesson with a review of the vocabulary from the previous week – en français ! Then, we had a quick check at “ce qui représente la France pour vous” and explained anything you were not sure about, before discussing the three things that in your opinion represented France the best. Then, we used the questions you had prepared to talk a bit more… and some of mine too! And we quickly revised the forms of the “passé composé” (past tense) – see attached document. Read More…

Elementary Monday – Summary #1

For our first lesson, we started by introducing one another, which was a good opportunity to revise how to ask questions and check out a few odds and ends. We then talked about likes and dislikes (food) which allowed us to revise the conjugations of the regular verbs ending in -er.
Finally, I just asked some random questions…

1) Prepare 1 (interesting!) question for each of the other students (see everyone’s names above).
2) Check out the “Qu’est-ce qui représente la France pour vous?” – tick anything you know and no need to check things you don’t know: we will use it as a conversation starter next week!
3) Check the conjugations of the various verbs I am attaching.
4) Explain (in French!!) the vocabulary below

L’industrie pharmaceutique
le cinéma indépendant
la natation
le cyclisme
les abats

Conversational French Elementary 1 – Evenings

Mondays, 6-7.30am – £100 for 10 weeks (15 hours)

You have studied French at basic level and you are ready to start talking! This is the course for you: thanks to carefully designed exercises, your communicating skills will improve.

You can expect to learn more about the past and future tenses, whilst consolidating what you have already acquired.

We will be following a specific training programme, but this does not mean this will be definite and fixed: for me, it is important to follow the group’s needs, and adapt the course to your needs, rather than to what I have planned originally!

By the end of the course, you will have increased confidence with speaking and will be able to cope well with basic conversation, and you will be able to handle short newspaper articles etc…

Contact Lise today to check if this is the right class for you: Free 30 minutes assessment of your present level!

2 SPACES LEFT {14/10/2010}



  • Classes start on the 11 of October 2010 and will last for 10 weeks, until the middle of December.
  • The fees include documents used in class, as well as a selection of tea/coffee/herbal teas.
  • Minimum number of students: 4
  • Maximum number of students: 8

For more information and for a free assessment of your level to determine if this is the right group for you, contact Lise at lise@edilang.com or on (0131) 557 27 34.

Lise is a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists