Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sundays in France: Get to Know the French language



When learning about a different country, it's fun to learn a few basic words. You likely already know that French is the official language, but did you know there are other regional languages still spoken in different areas of France? There's Breton in Brittany, Flemish in the Northeast, German in the Alsace region, Spanish dialects in the Southwest, and Corsivan in Corisca. Prior to learning more about France, I hadn't even heard of some of these languages. 

Having said that, with French being the official language, here are a few resources with basic words to introduce kids to French. And if they show an interest in learning more, it's worth encouraging as it's the 6th most widely spoken language in the world, and the official language in 29 countries.


French was international language of diplomacy for 3 centuries

French greetings

Bonjour is the most basic French greeting, and it's used all the time, in many different situations in France. It means Hello, but it's also considered an important word for proper daily etiquette. It's important to start an interaction with the word Bonjour and wait for a reply before launching into whatever needs saying. It's also considered proper etiquette to say bonjour as a general greeting to all those present when walking into a shop.

Here's a video to hear how bonjour is pronounced.

Here's a cute video with different French greetings for kids in song.

Basic words

Here are two printable resources for kids with basic French words: 

Here's a printable I put together.

Here's a printable from Happy Adventure.

A bientot!

4 comments:

  1. I studied french for over six years and all I can remember is how to introduce myself, tell my age (but only up to ten because I can't remember any higher numbers) and how to ask a boy out in French. I can't think why that particular sentence has never left me......!

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  2. Fun! My daughter wants to learn French in the near future.
    Blessings, Dawn

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  3. One of the families from my church is French, and their accent as they speak English is fun to hear.

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