Getting started with French 3
Getting started with French 3

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Getting started with French 3

3 Finding a location

In this section you will focus on the prepositions that allow you to express where things are located.

Activity 6

Match the English words with their French translation. You may need a dictionary.

Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. on the left of

  2. on the right of

  3. next to

  4. at the end of

  5. in

  6. in front of

  7. behind

  • bout de

  • b.dans

  • c.derrière

  • d.à côté de

  • e.devant

  • f.à droite de

  • g.à gauche de

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = g
  • 2 = f
  • 3 = d
  • 4 = a
  • 5 = b
  • 6 = e
  • 7 = c

You will now hear these prepositions used in conversation.

Activity 7

Listen again to the audio from Section 1 (repeated below). Drag the names of the places mentioned to the number corresponding to their position on the map.

The first one (la gare = number 3) has been completed for you as an example.

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Figure 1 A street map of a French town showing key places.
Download this audio clip.Audio player: lxf003_wk1_act_aud001.mp3
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Dialogue 1

La touriste:
Excusez-moi, monsieur. Où est la gare, s’il vous plaît ?
Le passant:
Alors, la gare… C’est tout droit, à côté de l’office de tourisme.

Dialogue 2

La touriste:
Pardon madame. Est-ce qu’il y a un parc près d’ici ?
La passante:
Euh… Oui, madame. Ici, à droite et le parc est en face du stade.

Dialogue 3

La touriste:
Bonjour Messieurs Dames, l’hôpital, c’est où s’il vous plaît ?
Le passant:
Euh… Voyons… C’est là, tout droit et à gauche, c’est en face de la bibliothèque.

Dialogue 4

La touriste:
Pardon monsieur, je cherche la cathédrale, s’il vous plaît ?
Le passant:
Alors… ben… ici, la cathédrale Saint-Nazaire est juste là à droite, devant le parc des Poètes.

Dialogue 5

La touriste:
Excusez-moi, madame. Pour aller à la poste, s’il vous plaît ?
La passante:
La poste ? … Voyons… Oui, elle est à côté de la mairie. C’est tout près d’ici.

Dialogue 6

La touriste
Pardon madame, il y a un cinéma près d’ici ?
La passante
Eh, oui, le cinéma, c’est tout droit, en face de la gare.
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Using the following two lists, match each numbered item with the correct letter.

  1. la poste

  2. l’hôpital

  3. la gare

  4. la cathédrale

  5. le parc

  6. le cinéma

  • a.3

  • b.5

  • c.1

  • d.4

  • e.2

  • f.6

The correct answers are:
  • 1 = c
  • 2 = e
  • 3 = a
  • 4 = d
  • 5 = b
  • 6 = f


1 la poste; 2 l'hôpital; 3 la gare; 4 la cathédrale; 5 le parc; 6 le cinéma

Listen to the recording again and identify where the following places are in relation to each other. Using drag and drop, fill in the gaps with the correct expressions.

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