Some verbs in French require “À” or “De” after them once they come before an infinitive (a full verb). Failing to implement this rule into your written work will result in reduced communication marks- so here’s how to avoid it! Continue reading “Leaving Cert French Grammar: Verbs followed by “À” or “De””
To the “ne pas” and beyond!
It is essential to recognise the difference between “qui” and “que” in written French. Using the wrong one will cost you precious marks and mistakes are really easily avoided.
Immigration is very topical at the moment with Brexit, Trump and Marine Le Pen in France. Here is some vocabulary. Remember to use these with sentence structures and link words. It may also appear as a problem question. It may seem lengthy but it is a very topical issue at the moment and is worth preparing for!
The “plus-que-parfait” is one of the easiest French tenses around. However, some books explain it in a frustratingly difficult fashion. These often unnecessarily difficult explanations combined with the fancy name means that the tense is often met with an unjustified sense of terror.
I have very little memories of time spent in French classes as a student for my own Junior Cert- but I can remember being taught pronouns. Despite my teacher’s best efforts, I simply could not grasp the concept of a direct or indirect object. With a Junior Certificate French exam looming, I did what any desperate fourteen year old student would do- begged my mother for help. My long suffering mother who had never actually studied French herself understandably failed to come up trumps. However, nine years and a French degree later I’ve managed to master them- and so can you! Tip: it wasn’t worth my bald patches acquired in the back of a third year French class.
Below is some useful vocabulary for writing about the EU.
As someone who has spent three summers working in France I completely understand le défi that awaits anyone trying to find a job in France for summer.
The postcard question is worth thirty marks of the French Junior Certificate Paper.