Ma France follows on from French Steps and is also ideal for people brushing up or returning to French. Its language and grammar match the second (Preliminary) stage of the Languages Ladder and conform to Level A2/B1 of the Common European Framework.



Grammar: synopsis

Getting up to speed before starting Ma France.

The use of je and vous with the present tense; phrases with c'est ; mon, ma, mes and links to entry-level grammar.
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Getting and understanding directions.

Using verbs with vous :
vous suivez... (you follow...), vous prenez... (you take...), vous traversez... (you cross...) etc.
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Saying what languages you speak and how well you can speak them. Getting help with pronunciation, spelling and meanings.

Expressions with ça, like ça se prononce comment ? (how's that pronounced?), ça s'écrit comment ? (how's that spelt?).
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Saying what you want to buy and the quantity you want; how you're going to pay.

Je voudrais... (I'd like...); quantities ; standard shopping phrases ; je paie par/avec... (I'll pay by/with...).
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5- Work

Understanding work talk and describing your own job.

Verbs with je in the present tense (regular, irregular and reflexive) :
je fais (I do), je travaille (I work),
je suis (I am), je me lève (I get up).
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Say what you're doing and when you're doing it. Arranging meetings by phone and email.

Using pouvoir (to be able) and devoir (to have to) ; how to use the present tense.
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Discussing and describing others.

3rd person present tense (singular and plural); adjectives.
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Understanding written and spoken instructions and warnings.

Imperatives (using vous); saying what must be done using on doit and il faut followed by a verb in the infinitive.
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Comparing different types of wine and expressing preferences.

Using celui-ci and celui-là (this one, that one); comparing things using plus or moins with que.
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Discussing where and what you'd prefer to eat.

Using phrases like moi aussi (me too), pourquoi pas ? (why not?). Vouloir and préférer in the present tense. Expressions using avoir.
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Understanding an advert online, confirming details via phone call and booking a gîte.

Using the expression il y a; different ways of asking questions.
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Finding out about houses for sale and being shown around.

Using on :
on peut visiter.. ? (can I/we/ one visit.. ?).
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13- Walks

Understanding written and spoken directions; describing the landscape.

Saying what you're going to do using le future proche :
on va followed by the infinitive.
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Discussing tasty dishes and how to cook them.

Using the expression il faut with nouns and infinitives ; avoir l'air bon (to smell, look good).
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Explaining what's wrong and asking for a remedy.

Using avoir mal de... to explain what's wrong and avoir qqch pour/contre... to ask for remedies.
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Understanding questions about what you've been doing and having simple conversations at a Bed and Breakfast.

The recent past in French:
verbs with avoir.
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Talking about where you've been on holiday.

The recent past in French:
verbs with être.
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Understanding what's being said on a guided tour and checking you've got it right.

Using the imperfect tense, l'imparfait:
il vivait ici (he used to live here); dates and years.
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19- Dating

Saying what you're like and what you like to do.

Using tu and vous; likes and dislikes using aimer ; modifying statements using plutôt, un peu etc.
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Saying something's good or bad; what games you play and who you support.

Different ways of saying good and bad. Asking questions with words like qui, comment, pourquoi ? (who,how and why?).
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Saying and writing the right thing on a range of special occasions.

Polite formulae and set structures such as je vous souhaite... (I wish you...) veuillez accepter... (please accept... ).
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Polite ways of getting things done or getting what you need.

The use of polite expressions with the conditional tense :
serait-il possible... ? (would it be possible..?).
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23- DIY

Discussing doing up a house.

Different ways of talking about the future:
with on va... or using le futur : je commencerai... (I will start...).
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Saying what you think about the weather and about issues in the news.

How to use expressions like je pense que, je crois que, à mon avis.
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