Chapitre 6 - La nourriture et les courses

In this unit, we will be learning shopping for groceries - French-style!!  Shops that we will visit will include la boulangerie-pâtisserie, la crèmerie, la boucherie, la poissonnerie, la charcuterie, l' épicerie
We will also learn the verbs faire, pouvoir, vouloir and the partitives du, de les, de la, and de l'.

Learning Expectations:
By the end of this unit, we’ll be able to:
  • describe what you can buy in different food stores
  • create a grocery list
  • make up a sandwich dégoutant
Don't forget to download the chapter, homelearning packet and podcasts.  The use of these files will greatly enhance your ability to communicate in French!!

Le 23-27 octobre - Un sandwich dégoutant

posted Oct 30, 2016, 3:47 AM by   [ updated Oct 22, 2017, 12:04 PM ]

On Thursday, we will have a petite interro on vouloir et pouvoir.  Then, as a good way to get ready for the Grande Interro, we will create the most disgusting sandwich ever.  We will work in teams of two to design our world-famous sandwich.  
Check out Sandwich Dégoutant for instructions and a rubric.  This is a great opportunity to significantly bring up your grade.

Finally, we will be having the unit test (Grande Interro) in a week or two so, if I were you, I would start doing the review work (available online and in your packet) and try the different web sites available to you.  You will have a written, listening and speaking portion so you may want to go over the various podcasts to "tune your ear" to French speaking.

Le 16-20 octobre - Les verbes Vouloir et Pouvoir

posted Oct 21, 2016, 9:38 AM by   [ updated Oct 13, 2017, 5:09 AM ]

After finishing up the partitive, we will learn about the verbs pouvoir (to be able to) and vouloir (to want).  Here is the conjugation of the two verbs:

  pouvoir vouloir
 Je peux veux
 Tu peux veux
 Il/Elle/On peut veut
 Nous pouvons voulons
 Vous pouvez voulez
 Ils/Elles peuvent veulent

Petite interro le 18 octobre on the partitive.

Le 10-14 octobre - Le partitif

posted Oct 15, 2016, 7:18 AM by   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 7:04 PM ]

After doing the quiz on the verb faire this week, we will cover the partitive. Although this seems to be a difficult topic, it is not too bad as long as you understand the concept of “some” or “any”. Often in English, we tend to drop the word “some” or "any" in sentences.

I would like (some) ketchup with my hamburger.

My parents buy (some) meat at the butcher shop.

Do you have (any) water?

I buy (some) apples at the fruit & vegetable market.

In French, we use du (masculine), de la (feminine), de l' (when the next word starts with a vowel sound) for things that you cannot count and des for things that you can count,  In French, we don't drop the partitive like in English.  Example:

Je voudrais du ketchup avec mon hamburger.

Mes parents achètent de la viande à la boucherie

Vous avez de l'eau?

In these examples, you can not count ketchup or water so you use either dude la or d'.

J'achète des pommes au marché de fruits et légumes.

In this example, you can count apples, so you use des.

But be careful, if the sentence is negative (ne ... pas sandwich) you always use de or d'.

Je ne voudrais pas de ketchup avec mon hamburger.

Vous n'avez pas d'eau?

Containers or Quantities

When you talk about containers or quantities of something, you use de or d' (of).

Un litre de lait.

Une bouteille d'eau minérale.

Likes & Dislikes

All this is different from when you talk about likes and dislikes.  In English we tend to say stuff like:

I like eggs!!

I don't like milk!!

In all these cases you are not talking about particular (or some) eggs or milk but "the whole category of eggs or milk".  Although you may like eggs, there maybe some eggs that you don't like (rotten eggs) and some milk that you do like (chocolate)...

When you talk about likes or dislikes you use the definite article: le, la, l'  and les.  Example:

J'aime les oeufs!!

Je déteste le lait!!

In these examples, we use les for oeufs because it is plural but we use le for lait because it is singular (you can count eggs but you can't count milk - you don't say milks).

Here is a video that further explains the partitive:

Le partitif

So let’s learn about the partitive. Some homelearning activities: Complete page 58, section 9 and Podcast - Activité 10 of the Homelearning packet.

Once you are comfortable with this concept, click here to try the online quiz. 

Le 2-6 octobre - Vocabulaire 2 et le verbe faire

posted Sep 30, 2016, 7:52 AM by   [ updated Sep 30, 2017, 8:23 AM ]

This we will review the second set of vocab before we do the Petite Interro. Hint: Completing page 57 and Podcast - Activité 5 (page A30) of the Homelearning packet will help you better prepare for the petite interro. Using Bon Voyage - Chapter 6 will make your life easier!!

Afterwards, we will lear about the verb faire which means "to make" or "to do".  It is also used in many expressions like faire les courses.  Here is how we conjugate the verb:

 I make Je fais
 You make Tu fais
 He/she/one makes Il/elle/on fait
 We make Nous faisons
 You make Vous faites
 They make Ils/Elles font

Le 18-22 septembre - Vocabulaire 1 & 2

posted Sep 27, 2015, 5:31 AM by   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 5:14 AM ]

This week, we are going to finish up the first set of vocabulary and have a petite interro on Wednesday.  We will then learn the vocabulary used when shopping at a fruit and vegetable market as well as a supermarket in France.  These words are available on pages 190-191 in Chapter 6 of the Bon Voyage book

Create some flashcards so you can play the flashcard game.

I recommend that you complete pages 56 & 57 and Podcast, Activités 5 & 6 on pages  A30 & A31 of the Homelearning packet.

Petite Interro mercredi, le 21 septembre!!

Le 25-29 septembre - Vocabulaire 2

posted Sep 19, 2013, 3:34 PM by   [ updated Sep 22, 2017, 1:14 PM ]

Last week, we covered specialty food shops in France.  This week, we will cover fruit & vegetable markets as well as supermarkets.

This we will go over the second set of vocab words from pages 190-191. Homelearning: Create flashcardsso we can play the flashcard game.

We will review the vocabulary and play flashcard game.

We will review the vocab and before we do the Petite Interro. Hint: Completing page 57 and Podcast - Activité 3 and 5 (page A30) of the Homelearning packet will help you better prepare for the petite interro. Using Bon Voyage - Chapter 6 will make your life easier!!
Petite Interro - next week!

Le 11-15 septembre - Vocabulaire 1

posted Sep 11, 2013, 5:27 AM by   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 5:20 AM ]

This week, we are going to learn the vocabulary used when shopping in small shops in France.  These words are available on pages 186-187 in Chapter 6 of the Bon Voyage book

Create some flashcards so you can play the flashcard game on Monday.

I also recommend that you complete page 55 and Podcast, Activité 2 on page A30 of the Homelearning packet.

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