Month: September 2014

Les Oraux

Welp, that’s it. Today in French, I finally did my final cuisine presentation on chocolate, and it went swimmingly (much thanks to the Year 11s who helped us practise it). Our teacher gave us a few questions to answer on our blogs.

1. Did you like the process?

Yes! It was very useful getting the Year 11s to listen to us and give constructive criticism.

2. Did you feel that you were helped and you could help others? Why?

Last year I did feel as though I’d helped the older Year 12s with their presentations, and I definitely felt helped this year.

3. Suggestions for 2015.

Maybe we should start practising with the Year 11s earlier, as I still felt slightly rushed doing the preparation only a week or two beforehand.

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French exam – Section B: Reading & Responding

Hi there! Well, I’m officially coming to the end of Year 12 and we all know what that means – exams! Lots and lots of exams … *sigh* One of the practice exams I did about a week ago was for French and our teacher has instructed us to post a revised copy of our answers on our blogs. So, here is Section B of the exam (reading and responding), corrected for you to read 🙂

The instruction for this part of the exam was to read a short passage of text and write 200 – 250 words in French as a reply. The text was an advertisement by a student exchange company, asking for applications for Australian students to host a French exchange student for several weeks, and in exchange that student was able to travel to France. Read my answer after the jump.

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The correct way to use jour/journée

 

The other day in French class we were tasked with finding out when to use jour or journée in a sentence, and with similar words like an and année, or matin and matinée, and so forth. The best explanation I could find was on this website, which explains that basically (and of course, being French, there are several exceptions), you use the masculine form (an, jour, matin), when describing simple amounts or ‘divisions’ of time, and you use the feminine form (année, journée, matinée), when empathising the length of time, or emphasising a duration of time. For more information, just click the link above and that should definitely help! 

À bientôt 🙂