French Level 1|
The French have the BEST stuff to eat. Honest! Everything tastes better here than it does in the states. Don't ask me why? There are some GREAT places to eat too. They even have McDonald's here, only the French call it, "Chez (Shay) McDonalds". Chez is one of those words that means the same as "apostraphe s" does in English. I'll explain.
Get ready now. This next part is gonna be tough (hey, I'm kidding, of course)! Take a look at the pictures below and say the words after me. We'll start with the easy stuff:
Now suppose that we wanted to say something like, "the sandwich", in French, we would say, "Le sandwich" (I'm sure you remember that "le" is the French word for "the" that goes before masculine nouns).
Now let's try some "feminine" foods:
Ready to start again? GOOD! How about:
I'm sure that you've already noticed in this last of set of words there's more than one of each of the above foods, and that we are using the word, "des" before the nouns. That's because the word "des" means "some". Now you might be wondering why we don't use the French word for "the" instead of "some". You may also be wondering what the plural word for "the" is. I'll answer both questions for you.
The English word, "the" is "les" in French (pronounced the same way as "des" is in the phrases above only with an "l" instead of a "d" sound. The word, "les" isn't used very much with food because it represents the idea of having "all of that kind of food in the world". Here's an example:
If I was eating a Gille's house (or "Chez Gille") and I wanted him to pass me the vegetables, I would ask him to pass me "des légumes" (some vegetables). I know that the sentence sounds weird translated into English, but in French it makes sense. Here's why. If I asked him to pass me, "les légumes" I would be asking him to pass me all of the vegetables in the entire world! Yeah, I know it's sounds strange, but, hey, that's how French people think!
Let's move on to the next leçon of the Unité!
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