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Getting started with French 1
Getting started with French 1

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Week 2: Names and nationality


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Now you’re confident enough to greet people appropriately, you’re going to learn how to say a bit more about yourself by giving your name and nationality. You’ll find out that, in French, you need to distinguish between masculine and feminine forms, and that will mean you’ll learn how to spot these differences when reading and listening, and how to pronounce each form correctly. You’ll have the chance to practise this and learn how to say many different nationalities.

Have you got a good dictionary? You might need to refer to one for one of the activities this week, so think about how you plan to look words up when you need to. There are many online dictionaries available, or perhaps you prefer to use a printed version. Either way, find one that suits you but also is reliable and accurate.

Last week you started to keep your own language notebook; this week you’ll be adding to it. In particular we suggest you make notes on the grammar you’ll be studying (the verb ‘to be’) and how you’re going to memorise vocabulary (we give you some tips).

Bon courage !