Je suis John
Talking about yourself in French
In this lesson you will learn how to:
- Use the French subject pronouns (I, you, he/she, etc…)
- Conjugate one of the most important verbs: “ÊTRE” – “TO BE”
French Personal Pronouns
Me, you, they ? First thing to learn are the pronouns!
|Je - I||Nous - we|
|Tu - you||Vous - you (plural)|
|Il/Elle - He/She||Ils/Elles - They (male/female)|
The verb "ÊTRE"
To learn the French verb "ÊTRE" is to learn the foundation of the language. IT is an irregular verb. This means that it changes its form completely.
|ÊTRE - To Be|
|Je suis- I am||Nous sommes- we are|
|Tu es- you are||Vous êtes- you are (plural)|
|Il/Elle est- He/She is||Ils/Elles sont- They are (male/female)|
Always do the exercises. You are much more likely to remember things if you practice them straight away.
There are no dumb questions!
Q: I noticed that "vous" is pronounced without the "s" , but in "vous êtes" you pronounce "s" as "z". What's up with that?
A: Good observation! French pronunciation rules are not the most straightforward out there. Generally, a lot of consonants are "dropped" at the end of words. However, if those consonants are followed by vowels (a,e,i,etc), you need to say them.
Q: You don't say "s" in "nous sommes". Is that because "s" in "nous" is followed by another consonant?
A: Precisely: nou(s) somme(s).
Q: But WHY does "s" turn into a "z" in "vous êtes"?
A: It's a rule. Don't worry, you'll get used to such things.
Q: Lovely, this French learning business is quite hard right from the beginning!
A: C'mon, English can be a pain too. Plural of "goose" is "geese", but "book"--> "books", "mouse"-->"mice" and "man"-->"men". Every language has its quirks.
Let's make sure we remember what we learn! Read and listen to the conversations below. Hover over the words that are highlighted in red*translation here to see what they mean.