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/
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
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.
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
Sounds good. I find that listening to CDs of French children's songs and rhymes in the car helps with listening skills.
Thank you so much, this is exactly what I've been looking for over the past week!
Wow this is awesome! I've been looking for something like this for a while. Merci beaucoup!
I actually use many of the stories from this site on my French Blog:
and since I'm now working through Italian, you might be impressed knowing that there is an Italian version of this website
and the person that constructed those blogs uses Duolingo.
I am a french immersion student I am learning this now. I hate to say this but please give me a lingot.