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French Level 1
    Unit 8: Leçon 2
    Verbs Ending in -ER
    You made it through the assignment! That's GREAT! We're now ready for what is going to be the beginning of another VERY important leçons in this Unité!

    In the last few leçons, you learned how to say what you do (ie: play, swim, dance, etc.) by first telling whether you like it, hate it, etc. BUT, what if you simply want to say, "I play", "I swim", or "I dance" without having to say, "I like", or whatever else, first? I am so glad you asked!

    Check out the pictures and descriptions below and make sure you look closely. Now I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Hey, Monsieur! This is the same stuff that I learned back in leçon 1!" Well, it is, but it isn't. Look, listen, and you'll see what I mean:




    Des Activités
    First up! Gilles!
    Track 73
    Je mange des pizzas. J'écoute la radio. Je ne parle pas au téléphone.



    Next, Victoire.
    Track 73 (cont.)
    Je danse. Je nage. Je n'étudie pas.



    And last, but not least, Marie-Catherine!
    Track 73 (cont.)
    Je chante. Je joue du piano. Je ne regarde pas la télé.


    (Quick review note:I'm sure that you noticed that when we used any of the verbs above that began with vowels, we dropped the "e" on the words "Je" and "ne" and replace them with an apostrophe, "J'" and "n'". Why do we do this? So the sentences will sound good!)




    So now you know that if you want to simply say that you do something, you drop the "r" off of the end of the word (that expresses what you want to do, also known as the verb) before you say it! Did you notice that by dropping the "r" off of the verb, the verb also loses its "A" (like letter "A") sound. Listen to me say these verbs:
    Des Activités
    Comparisons
    Track 74
    manger, mange écouter, écoute parler, parle



    Next, Victoire.
    Track 74 (cont.)
    danser, danse nager, nage étudier, étudie



    And last, but not least, Marie-Catherine!
    Track 74 (cont.)
    chanter, chante jouer, joue regarder, regarde


    Continue on to the next leçon where we'll begin learning how to describe things that other people do!


Introduction / Leçon 1a / Leçon 1b / Leçon 1c / Leçon 1d / Leçon 1e / Leçon 1f / Interlude 1.1 / Interlude 1.2 /
Leçon 2 / Leçon 3 / Interlude 3.1 / Interlude 3.2 / Leçon 4 / Leçon 5 / Interlude 5.1 /