Archive for October 10th, 2010
Speaking French demands knowledge of vocabulary words and how to pronounce them correctly. Thanksgiving Day allows us to introduce you to a new group of words, fruits and vegetables. L’Action de Grâce(s) or Thanksgiving is celebrated in Canada on the second Monday of October and in the U.S. on the last Thursday of November. Thanksgiving is associated with thanks to God for the harvest and with the expression of general gratitude. It’s a holiday, most businesses and government are closed at this time.
What more characteristic way to express gratitude in French, than through the names of fruits and vegetables? Here are two short videos that allow you to associate images with the pronunciation and spelling of words:
The first video is devoted to fruits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP791CyUUF0
The second, to vegetables: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTj6Nlwurzg
This next site presents a list of 32 words accompanied by audio files. It is possible to slow down the audio delivery for a better understanding by clicking on the button where there is a turtle. http://www.byki.com/lists/French/Fruits-and-Vegetables.html
Finally, here is a site that offers three possibilities. A vocabulary lesson without audio, a vocabulary lesson with audio files and a game to identify fruits and vegetables that are in a big dish by clicking on their picture when you hear their name. It is possible to hear each word again by clicking on the button “repeat.” http://www.digitaldialects.com/French/Fruit.htm