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Getting Better with Children's Stories in French

When I read a children's story in French, I know that most of the time, the verb tenses will be simple (present, imperfect, future, conditional & subjective), and not complex (passé composé, pluperfect, future perfect, past conditional, past subjunctive, or passé simple). I put together a small table of both sets of tenses, and when I read French children's stories, notice that they stay in the simple tense area most of the time. Stories are often told in the third person narrative, so we should see "he/she" or "they", most of the time, until the characters speak about themselves using "I".

The following is an example of a table, but the format will get thrown off due to the discussion board formatting, but you get the idea...

Tense English (verb stem) je il/elle ils/elles Present I am speaking, I speak (parl) (fini) (vend) -e -e -ent -ssent Imperfect I was speaking, I spoke (parl) (finiss) (vend) -ais -ait -aient Future I will speak (parler) (finir) (vendr) -ai -a -ont Conditional I would speak (parler) (finir) (vendr) -ais -ait -aient Subjunctive If I were speaking (parl) (finiss) (vend) -e -e -ent

You will also see a lot of Être (to be) and Avoir (to have), so it is good to have those verbs conjugated in their simple forms...

Present – Je suis, Tu es, Il est, Nous sommes, Vous êtes, ils sont Future – Je serai, Tu seras, Il sera, Nous serons, Vous serez, Ils seront Imperfect – Je étais, Tu étais, Il était, Nous étions, Vous étiez, Ils étaient Subjunctive – Je sois, Tu sois, Il soit, Nous soyons, Vous soyez, Ils soient Conditional – Je serais, Tu serais, Il serait, Nous serions, Vous seriez, Ils seraient

Present – J’ai, Tu as, Il a, Nous avons, Vous avez, ils ont Future – Je aurai, Tu auras, Il aura, Nous aurons, Vous aurez, Ils auront Imperfect – Je avais, Tu avais, Il avait, Nou avions, Vous aviez, Ils avaient Subjunctive – Je aie, Tu aies, Il ait, Nous ayons, Vous ayez, Ils aient Conditional – Je aurais, Tu aurais, Il aurait, Nous aurions, Vous auriez, Ils auraient

Now, start reading children's stories.

Little Explorers French-English Picture Dictionary http://www.littleexplorers.com/french/

Children’s Stories

http://www.iletaitunehistoire.com/

http://www.iletaitunehistoire.com/genres/albums-histoires

http://www.historiettes.fr/25/

http://www.cap-eveil.fr/histoires-enfants

http://www.mondedespetits.fr/histoire-lecture.php?id=12=26d7r9plb1serljedbb9s7soa6

Chez Lorry's children stories: http://chezlorry.ca/histoires.htm

Mama Lisa's Foreign Songs (French Song Page)...awesome! http://www.mamalisa.com/?p=22=ec=22

May 18, 2014

17 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

If you haven't already followed the link for "Monde Des Petits", go to youtube.com and enter that into the search criteria, and you will have all the children's videos you can handle.

May 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Cephlin

Monde Des Petits is so good, it's at such a simple level that I can actually comprehend most of what is said and it gets your ears used to understanding French. I can't wait to be able to progress to 5-10 yr old kids TV and beyond.

May 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

Yes. Many of my childrens' songs came from that website or linked to it from Youtube https://duolinguist.wordpress.com/category/childrens-songs/

You may also like: http://www.mamalisa.com

Here is a link to their website that lands on a song, and then you can lose yourself on their website for hours: http://mondedespetits.fr/comptine-chanson.php?id=80

June 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Cephlin

I've started watching Peppa Pig in French recently. It's really quite good.

June 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RohanW

Merci beaucoup!

May 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/imacb

Good links, thanks!

May 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/miriamj47

Sounds good. I find that listening to CDs of French children's songs and rhymes in the car helps with listening skills.

May 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Cephlin

Thank you so much, this is exactly what I've been looking for over the past week!

May 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Santia64

Merci beaucoup!

May 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/LeChatGrincheux

Wow this is awesome! I've been looking for something like this for a while. Merci beaucoup!

May 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/biblolol
<h1>thx</h1>
May 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Mariana_Vel

Maybe you could try reading or watching "Le Petit Nicolas".

May 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jconradreese

And if you would like to practice listening along, http://www.thefrenchexperiment.com/stories/

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

I actually use many of the stories from this site on my French Blog:

https://duolinguist.wordpress.com/

and since I'm now working through Italian, you might be impressed knowing that there is an Italian version of this website

http://www.theitalianexperiment.com/stories/

and the person that constructed those blogs uses Duolingo.

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Taiger22

I am a french immersion student I am learning this now. I hate to say this but please give me a lingot.

May 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Cephlin

I don't understand why we would give you a lingot?

May 19, 2014
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