Introduction to French: Lesson 5

French for hi is salut.

It comes from the word salute. Imagine firing a salute every time you say hi.

French for that is ça.

It’s actually a shortened form of cela but that doesn’t really matter because you usually simply say ça.

French for goes is va.

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That’s how the French say how are you doing. Except they say that so much that they skip that est-ce que and they simply ask ça va ?. This ça va ? means how are you doing, what’s up or something like that. Literally it means that goes, though.

You would answer that goes well to mean I am fine. How do you say that goes well:

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As we have some more time left, let’s learn a few more things.

French for he wants is je veut.

It does not end with an e so the forms for you and I must be the same.

French for I want is je veux.

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Whenever you have words that end with e in the he form, you can do a trick:

To make a "he form" word (he does) into a "to form" word (to do; i.e. the infinitive) when the word ends with e, you simply add r to the end.

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French for I can is je peux.

This word is absolutely completely the same as veux except it starts with a p instead of a v. Say:

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French for now is maintenant.

It is spelled exactly like main tenant. Imagine that you are a landlord and you have a lot of tenants and you have to find your main tenant now.

The word for now goes at the end of the sentence.

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This means that it’s time to wrap up this short course.

Before that, though, let’s have a short conversation to show off what you have learnt:

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This should do it.


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