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Stories in French

Hey guys. I've done this a couple times already, but I have written a few stories in French that I want to share with y'all. I would also appreciate it if you guys shared some too.

Le petit chien du jeune homme:

Un jeune homme ,qui avait un petit chien, aimait se promener son petit animal de compagnie beaucoup. Si son chien était fatigué alors il aurait le laisserait reposer. Mais un jour, il trouvait que son chien était disparu. Il devait le trouver. Il le cherchait partout, mais il ne pouvait pas trouver son petit chien. Il était désespéré. Alors, le chien était venu courir dans la rue. Le jeune homme était très heureux. Après ça, le jeune homme jamais laisse le petit chien hors de sa vue.

Le garçon qui n'avait pas des amis:

Il y a un garçon, qui n'avait pas des amis. Il n'avait pas des amis car il met ses doigts dans son nez. Les autres garçons pensaient que il était repoussant. Il devenait triste. Il se sentait mal. Il voutait des amis. Il décidait arrêter prendre son nez. C'était dur en premier, mais il arrêtait. Dans un semaine, il avait dix amis déjà. Il devenait très populaire. Il apprenait sa leçon, et il a jamais pris son nez encore.

Le petit garçon malicieux:

Il était une fois un petit garçon qui était très malicieux. Il aimait importuner son grand-père, mais son grand-père était un méchant homme. Un jour, le petit garçon fit quelque chose de très mauvais. Il craqua un œuf sur la tête de son grand-père. Son grand-père était furieux. Il battit le derrière du petit garçon. Le petit garçon n'a encore fait jamais quelque chose de mauvais.

May 24, 2017

59 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/ChrisBell876755

At a good level of difficulty for me. I could read and enjoy each of them. Vocabulary just a few words above my level, but could in most cases, find the meaning after translating surrounding text.

Merci beaucoup

May 28, 2017

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I updated it again with another post. I don't know if you were able to see it, but it has another story.

May 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

Pick one's nose = mettre ses doigts dans son nez

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

Alright thanks

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

You can find it here: http://www.wordreference.com/enfr/pick (although they say 'mettre les doigts dans le nez', which will not help you conjugate it properly).

  • Je mets mes doigts dans mon nez
  • Tu mets tes doigts dans ton nez
  • Il/elle met ses doigts dans son nez

If the person has been caught in the act, though, the finger can be singular: 'Ne mets pas ton doigt dans ton nez comme ça ! Il a mis son doigt dans son nez, c'est dégoûtant !' If it is in general, we tend to say 'doigts'.

Wordreference.com is a great place to find the translation of expressions. You can also find there the full conjugation table of any verb. You can also enter a conjugated form in the search box, and it will give you all the info you need.

Ex: you type 'serais' and select 'French-English' and you get:

Du verbe être: (conjuguer)

serais est:

  • 1re personne du singulier du conditionnel présent
  • 2e personne du singulier du conditionnel présent

This way, you know 'serais' is either '(I) would be' or '(you) would be'. And if you click on 'conjuguer', you get the conjugation table of 'être'.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

Ok!

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

Do not hesitate to use all these tools to find the correct conjugation or expression. Even we, native French speakers, need conjugation tables at times, when we have a doubt. French is hard for us too. ;)

Although actually most French people do not care about spelling and grammar. They put an 's' at the end when there is none, and vice versa. They often confuse the spelling of conditional and future, or first, second and third person singular, when they sound the same.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

Wow. I guess that's expected since it's such a complicated language.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

Sure. And I have seen those mistakes in the Facebook posts of graduate students. Even the teachers make bad mistakes, sometimes. And I regularly find some in the online articles of the major newspapers (it is much less common in their printed articles, though).

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

The worse part is that sometimes they don't admit those are mistakes, arguing that how the language should be, continue to use them, and make a trend out of them. So everyone starts using them.

I admit some do make the language simpler, but some are just wrong.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

Americans do the same in English. Just go to a forum full of teenagers and you see.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

Yes, but I was speaking of grown up people, there, LOL.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

Grownup Americans too. I'm just saying it's easier to spot in a teenager forum.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

Conjugations are not really a problem in English, though. Ultra simple. In French, they are a major problem for most people.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

French conjugations follow a pattern though. I like that about them.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

Yes, a simple pattern that we learn in primary school and with which graduate students still struggle, LOL.

The kind of mistakes I find:

  • je ferais ça demain (it should be 'ferai')
  • je faisait ('faisais')
  • tu parle ('parles')
  • parles-moi ('parle-moi')
May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

Hmm, I thought french doesn't use possessives with body parts? For example, Je touche la tête and not ma tête. Is there a specific reason why you use mes doigts and mon nez in this case? Merci.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

We do not say 'Je touche la tête' but 'Je me touche la tête', so there is no need to indicate again that it is my head (there is already 'me'). 'Je me touche ma tête' is redundant and incorrect. 'Je touche ma tête' is not incorrect, actually; it is only less common. I would use it preferably to 'Je me touche la tête' in a novel.

For 'doigts' and 'nez', we have to mention that both are ours, so we need the possessive for both.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

XD. What do you think my French is A2 maybe?

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

Possibly between A2 and B1, depending on how much help you got from the Internet (or books) for your little stories.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

For grammar, I usually don't use it, but my French vocabulary isn't all that big, so that's usually what I need help with.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

Can you speak? Can you understand oral communication? I can write and read but I become a retard when I open my mouth.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

As in analyze.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

My pronunciation is actually very good, but I have a hard time understanding people.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

Lucky you. My pronunciation is horrible.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

I started to get my mouth around it when I was young, but I didn't learn much grammar.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

What does that mean? You used to live in France?

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

No. I started with my grandpa. He's Swiss.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

LanguageButcher, you could improvise sentences aloud when you are alone. Or read texts aloud. You can also sing along French songs.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

Je ne sais pas pourquoi je ne peux pas améliorer en francais. Je connais beaucoup de mots, beaucoup de grammaire, mais je ne peux pas penser en francais sans l'écrirer.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

Mais tu peux! Essayez! C'est difficile mais tu peux ce faire.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

I think I think too much and try to be too accurate. For example, I just ran into this sentence "He dropped in on me last night." I could have just said "il m'a rendu visite hier soir" and moved on. Instead I spent hours trying to figure out whether there is a "drop in on somebody" equivalence. So sometimes I feel like the amount of materials I cover in a month is what other people cover in an hour or a day.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

Your title fits you.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

Ouch!

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

No as in you pick apart everything. Not ruin it. Sorry that was not meant to be offensive.

May 24, 2017

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Pick apart everything? Still ouch!

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/stablesable

ok, mais oui, c'est un bon idee, a ecrire les histoires de francais. mais j'ai une probleme, je suis une novice avec francais, les premiere lecons. c'est present tense pour moi.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

C'est n'est pas grave. Ecrivez en present tense. Je vais comprendre.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AmandaWaldorf

Nice, i like it.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

Merci!

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

Could you read them? or did you use a translation tool?

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Nekomie

Beaucoup d'erreur de compréhension mais tu te débrouille très bien :o ! (aimait se promenade => Aimait se promener , les autres je ne veux pas les corriges :D ) A cause de la flemme sans doute :P

May 24, 2017

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Merci!

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Mrpster36

Wow you have been on the discussion a lot. 3 posts in the last 24 hours.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

Yeah, but I also got over four hundred XP so it wasn't like that was all I did. I just had a lot of free time today.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Mrpster36

but good story.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

Do you speak French? If not, how did you read it.

May 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Mrpster36

Google Translate

June 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Zara859041

"...alors il aurait le laisserait reposer."

Could someone explain when and how we use multiple verbs in the same sentence? In school, I was taught that as soon as you have one conjugated verb, all the verbs that follow are in the infinitive. But clearly, that isn't a hard and fast rule or at least, there are ways to apply it. So here, is it an error to have both "avoir" and "laisser" conjugated or is there a rule/grammatical explanation?

May 26, 2017

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It's an error, but it wasn't there before. I think he moved the sentences around and accidentally left it there.

May 26, 2017

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Oh, okay, thank you for informing me. But would you be able to offer clarification on how we use multiple verbs in the same sentence in general as well? I struggle with that a lot and especially when there is a relative pronoun such as "que, qui, etc." involved and in other compound sentences as well.

May 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

Compound sentences are multiple simple sentences put together, connecting by conjunctions or relative pronouns. So I guess the rule should be rephrased as "you have one conjugated verb in a simple sentence, all the verbs that follow are in the infinitive." It works pretty much the same as English. As long as you understand the structure of a compound sentence well, you should be able to conjugate it fine.

For example: The piano he has is old. That is two sentences in one. One is "the piano is old" and the other is "he has." So you have to conjugate the verb to be and the verb to have.

Maybe you're thinking about a sentence like this: "I'm glad to have met you." Yes, met here is the conjugated verb meet.

All of these work the same in french.

May 26, 2017

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This helps immensely. Thank you for your time!

May 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageButcher

Oh, good to hear.

May 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Fauzan836172

As a French learner - your stories were amazing! I was looking to test and apply whatever I learnt so far. Short, simple words and a moral behind it all. I understood everything easily. I also learnt by translating some words and had good practice for others that I didn't use much. It showed various conjugations that I didn't know before but correctly guessed it. I have never read a French story before. Keep it up ;)

May 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

XD I'll try to keep it up.

May 27, 2017

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Are you going to have another one this week?

May 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchFireBird

Yes. I'll write it right now.

May 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Veronicatheboss

cool (:

May 27, 2017
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