Step by Step Junior Cert Letter 2012

A step by step sample Junior Cert letter! 🙂

It is the month of February and you have just returned home from a short holiday duringthe mid-term with your family. Write a letter in French to your penpal Charlotte. In your letter

– tell her about the weather during your holiday

– give her some news about your best friend

– say that you are going on a school tour to France at Easter

– tell her about something that you bought recently

– ask her about her plans for the weekend.

 

The Junior Certificate French letter USUALLY contains points that are relatively easy to prepare! This is covered here in my notes on the letter.

Plan strategically and you should be able to answer the majority of points ask. For example, prepare vocabulary on moving house, buying a pet, a birthday, seeing a film or a sports event. These can be asked specifically or can be woven into other broader answers (for example stating what you did last weekend, or giving news about a best friend).

Similarly, if the points refer to a holiday you can simply use your postcard vocabulary (find this here) and place it in future or past tense as the point demands. You can even use this in vaguer points when you are asked to mention your plans for the summer.

Point 1: Weather on your holiday. Super facile! Just use your postcard vocabulary and place this in past tense. Find this here.

Point 2: Another lovely point! This is so vague that you can say anything. You can use any of the situations that you have prepared (for example sports events, etc). In this situation you can say is moving house. You should have this prepared anyway as you can be asked to say that you have moved house yourself. Place the vocab you have prepared on this into “elle” form to cover your best friend. Super facile!

Point 3: This is another lovely point. If you don’t know the term for a school tour in French (“voyage scolaire”) you can simply state that you’re going to France with your class. To elaborate on this just put the postcard vocabulary in future tense to say what you will do there. Simple!

Point 4: Another beautifully vague point! If you have vocabulary on clothes prepared you can use this, or you can also use the animal vocabulary that you have prepared here to say that you have bought a new pet.

Point 5: Again really doable. Elaborate on this by saying what you will do. If you have sports event vocabulary prepared (which you should have!) simply use this and put it in future tense.

To make things easier, I have highlighted everything in blue that has came from my letter notes here. Everything in red is from my postcard notes here.

Westport, Le 7 février

Chère Charlotte,

 

Comment vas-tu? J’espère que tout va bien avec toi et ta famille. Moi, je vais bien ! Je viens de rentrer des vacances à Kerry avec ma famille. Je me suis très bien amusé. Nous sommes restés dans un grand hôtel près de la mer. Il y avait un restaurant, une salle de jeux et une piscine dans l’hôtel. Heureusement, il y avait du soleil tous les jours et le ciel était bleu ! C’était le paradis sur terre !

 J’ai des nouvelles ! Mon meilleur ami Conor déménagera le weekend prochain. Sa nouvelle maison se trouve à la campagne à Cavan. Il y a quatre chambres, une cuisine et un grand jardin. C’est magnifique ! Le quarter est très calme.

Quels sont tes projets pour les vacances de Pâques ? J’irai en voyage scolaire avec mon école à Paris. J’ai hâte ! Je ferai des boutiques sur les Champs Élysées et nous irons au Louvre. Nous ferons du tourisme tous les matins et je goûterai les escargots ! Ce sera super, j’espère !

   Devine ? Ma famille a acheté un nouveau chiot ! Il s’appelle Trixie et il est très mignon. Il joue dans le jardin tous les jours et il mange nos chaussures ! Il est noir et blanc. Il a beaucoup d’énergie !

                Et toi, as-tu des nouvelles ? Moi, je jouerai un match de foot avec mon équipe. C’est la finale ! J’espère que nous gagnerons. Nous devrons marquer beaucoup de buts ! Nous sommes un peu nerveux.  C’est tout pour l’instant. Dis bonjour à tes parents de ma part. Écris-moi bientôt.

 

Ă€ bientĂ´t,

Jamie

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