I love a bright sunny day in the winter! The air has a special blueness and crispness that doesn’t exist any other time of the year. It is like medicine to the Canadian soul!
Quel temps fait-il? (kel tah fay-TEEL?) = What is the weather like?
Il fait du soleil!
To say that it is raining in French, say “il pleut.” This is a tricky phrase for English speakers to pronounce. “Il” = eel. That part is easy. The “pl” sound is just like English. The t is silent. The “eu” sound is different. There is no English equivalent. It is like a combination of the English “r” and short u, “uh.”
To make the “eu” sound, put your tongue in place to say “r.” Then make the “uh” sound, like in cup, down in the back of your throat.
It might feel a little strange at first, but keep practicing and you will be more and more comfortable making those French sounds!
Nallenart’s Club Mimi has been around almost as long as Nallenart (motto: Serving Teachers at Home and School Since 1995). It was started to offer free French lessons and, yes, to point visitors to Nallenart to buy French curriculum for their homeschools and classrooms. At first, it was just a subdomain at Nallenart but then Club Mimi graduated to its own domain, clubmimi.com.
I recently found a screenshot of Club Mimi from 2005. Do you know where the name comes from?
Image provided courtesy of Screenshots.com.
Words that have these endings in the singular are the same in the plural:
le corps = body
les corps = bodies
la voix = voice
les voix = voices
le nez = nose
les nez = noses
Can you think of more French words that end in s, x, or z in the singular?
Other words are just unusual in how the plural is formed:
oeil = eye
yeux = eyes
monsieur = mister, sir, gentleman
messieurs = sirs, gentlemen
madame = Mrs., ma’am, lady
mesdames = ladies
There are exceptions, though, which can make English a complicated language to learn.
Here are some examples of irregular plurals in English:
Just as there are different ways to show the plural in English, there are also different ways to show the plural in French.
One of the commonest of these is to add x instead of s at the end of a word. Here are some examples in French: Continue reading →