100 Days of French – Day 6


The Learning French 100 Day Project


I’ve been studying French on and off for about a year. My interest in the language began when I started reading classical French novels by Balzac, Dumas, Flaubert, Stendhal, and others. I’m also a budding armchair historian of the French Revolution. In 2018/19, I spent Christmas and the New Year in Paris. Bonne Année !!

French is a beautiful, musical, romantic language, … and I’m keen on learning it.

For the next 100 days, I’ll focus daily on three French words—a noun, a verb, and an adjective—and use them in sentences. The results of my efforts will surely be hilarious, peppered with errors, and unequivocally bad French … but you gotta have the freedom to fail.

So, without further ado … let’s learn French! Allons-y!

VERBE DU JOUR

oublier : (t.) to forget

PRÉSENT
j’oublie
tu oublies
il/elle oublie
nous oublions
vous oubliez
ils/elles oublient

L’IMPARFAIT
j’oubliais
tu oubliais
il/elle oubliait
nous oubliions
vous oubliiez
ils/elles oubliaient

PASSÉ COMPOSÉ
j’ai oublié
tu as oublié
il/elle a oublié
nous avons oublié
vous avez oublié
ils/elles ont oublié

NOM DU JOUR

le pinceau (pinceaux) (m.) : paintbrush; brush.

ADJECTIF DU JOUR

meilleur (meilleure) : better; best (note: it’s also a noun meaning best; it’s quite confusing).

MES PHRASES RIDICULES


J’ai oublié comment faire du vélo. (I forgot how to ride a bicycle.)
Les coups de pinceau du maître sont magnifiques. (The master’s brushstrokes are magnificent.)
Le meilleur peintre d’Indianapolis s’appelle Addie. (The name of the best painter in Indianapolis is Addie.)
Il a oublié de faire sa leçon. (He forgot to do his lesson.)
Elle a oublié d’écrire une lettre à son père. (She forgot to write a letter to her father.)
Nous avons oublié d’aller au supermarché. (We forgot to go to the supermarket.)
Nous oubliions combien la nuit est sombre dans les montagnes. (We forgot how dark the night is in the mountains.)
Je porte toujours de nombreux pinceaux avec moi à l’école. (I always carry many paintbrushes with me to school.)
Mon meilleur ami m’a acheté un pinceau cher. (My best friend bought me an expensive paintbrush.)
Quel est ton meilleur souvenir ? (What is your favorite memory?)






100 Days of French – Day 5


The Learning French 100 Day Project


I’ve been studying French on and off for about a year. My interest in the language began when I started reading classical French novels by Balzac, Dumas, Flaubert, Stendhal, and others. I’m also a budding armchair historian of the French Revolution. In 2018/19, I spent Christmas and the New Year in Paris. Bonne Année !!

French is a beautiful, musical, romantic language, … and I’m keen on learning it.

For the next 100 days, I’ll focus daily on three French words—a noun, a verb, and an adjective—and use them in sentences. The results of my efforts will surely be hilarious, peppered with errors, and unequivocally bad French … but you gotta have the freedom to fail.

So, without further ado … let’s learn French! Allons-y!

VERBE DU JOUR

connaître : (t.) to know

PRÉSENT
je connais
tu connais
il/elle connaît
nous connaissons
vous connaissez
ils/elles connaissent

L’IMPARFAIT
je connaissais
tu connaissais
il/elle connaissait
nous connaissions
vous connaissiez
ils/elles connaissaient

PASSÉ COMPOSÉ
j’ai connu
tu as connu
il/elle a connu
nous avons connu
vous avez connu
ils/elles ont connu

NOM DU JOUR

la porte (f.) : door; gate.

ADJECTIF DU JOUR

religieux, religieuse : religious.

MES PHRASES RIDICULES


Ils ouvrent la grande porte en bois. (They open the large, wooden door).
La porte de mon âme est ouverte. (The door to my soul is open.)
Nous ne nous connaissons pas encore très bien. (We don’t know each other very well yet.)
Je connais une femme religieuse et je connais un homme religieux, mais je ne connais pas de chat religieux. (I know a religious woman and I know a religious man, but I do not know a religious cat.
J’ai connu un mystérieux étranger. (I knew a mysterious stranger.)
Ils ont connu un boulanger bavard. (They knew a talkative baker.)
Le grand docteur silencieux ouvrit la porte. (The tall, silent doctor opened the door.)


100 Days of French – Day 4


The Learning French 100 Day Project


I’ve been studying French on and off for about a year. My interest in the language began when I started reading classical French novels by Balzac, Dumas, Flaubert, Stendhal, and others. I’m also a budding armchair historian of the French Revolution. In 2018/19, I spent Christmas and the New Year in Paris. Bonne Année !!

French is a beautiful, musical, romantic language, … and I’m keen on learning it.

For the next 100 days, I’ll focus daily on three French words—a noun, a verb, and an adjective—and use them in sentences. The results of my efforts will surely be hilarious, peppered with errors, and unequivocally bad French … but you gotta have the freedom to fail.

So, without further ado … let’s learn French! Allons-y!

VERB OF THE DAY

établir : (t.) to establish; to set up.

PRÉSENT
j’établis
tu établis
il/elle établit
nous établissons
vous établissez
ils/elles établissent

L’IMPARFAIT
j’établissais
tu établissais
il/elle établissait
nous établissions
vous établissiez
ils/elles établissaient

PASSÉ COMPOSÉ
j’ai établi
tu as établi
il/elle a établi
nous avons établi
vous avez établi
ils/elles ont établi

NOUN OF THE DAY

le fantôme (f.) : ghost; phantom.

ADJECTIVE OF THE DAY

impuissant (impuissante) : helpless: ineffectual.

MY SILLY SENTENCES


Il est une ville fantôme aux rues désertes. (It is a ghost town with deserted streets.)
C’était une ville fantôme aux rues désertes, mais maintenant il est une ville très animée. (It was a ghost town with deserted streets, but now it is a bustling city.)
J’ai vu un fantôme dans ma chambre. (I saw a ghost in my bedroom.)
Nous avons vu le fantôme de notre chat danser dans le jardin. (We saw the ghost of our cat dancing in the garden.)
Je suis impuissant parce que je me noie dans la mer. (I am helpless because I am drowning in the sea.)
Nous ne sommes pas impuissants face à une catastrophe. (We are powerless in the face of catastrophe.)
Nous avons établi un beau jardin dans le petit village. (We established a beautiful garden in the small village.)
La belle femme s’est assise au établi et a peint un beau tableau. (The beautiful woman sat at the easel and painted a beautiful picture.


100 Days of French – Day 3


The Learning French 100 Day Project


I’ve been studying French on and off for about a year. My interest in the language began when I started reading classical French novels by Balzac, Dumas, Flaubert, Stendhal, and others. I’m also a budding armchair historian of the French Revolution. In 2018/19, I spent Christmas and the New Year in Paris. Bonne Année !!

French is a beautiful, musical, romantic language, … and I’m keen on learning it.

For the next 100 days, I’ll focus daily on three French words—a noun, a verb, and an adjective—and use them in sentences. The results of my efforts will surely be hilarious, peppered with errors, and unequivocally bad French … but you gotta have the freedom to fail.

So, without further ado … let’s learn French! Allons-y!

VERB OF THE DAY

poursuivre : (t.) to chase; to hound, harry, or haunt; (int.) to carry on; to go on.

PRÉSENT
je poursuis
tu poursuis
il/elle poursuit
nous poursuivons
vous poursuivez
ils/elles poursuivent

L’IMPARFAIT
je poursuivais
tu poursuivais
il/elle poursuivait
nous poursuivions
vous poursuiviez
ils/elles poursuivaient

PASSÉ COMPOSÉ
j’ai poursuivi
tu as poursuivi
il/elle a poursuivi
nous avons poursuivi
vous avez poursuivi
ils/elles ont poursuivi

NOUN OF THE DAY

l’ombre (f.) : shade; shadow.

ADJECTIVE OF THE DAY

clair(s) / claire(s) : light; bright; clear.

MY SILLY SENTENCES


J’ai poursuivi des études musicales à l’université. (I pursued musical studies at the university.)
Le chat blanc a été poursuivi par le chien noir. (The white cat was pursued by the black dog.)
Nous poursuivons notre marche solitaire jusqu’au petit lac isolé bleu. (We continued our lonely walk to the small isolated blue lake.
Mon chat noir jette une longue ombre noire. (My black cat casts a long black shadow.)
Je pensais que c’était un effet du clair de lune ou un jeu d’ombres. (I thought that it was an effect of the moonlight or a trick of the shadows.)
Mon Dieu est visible et clair comme la lumière du Soleil. (My God is visible and clear as the light of the Sun.)

A SILLY FRENCH POEM

Mon âme solitaire est
cachée dans l’ombre
du coucher du soleil.

My solitary soul is
hidden in the shadow
of the setting sun.





100 Days of French – Day 2


The Learning French 100 Day Project


I’ve been studying French on and off for about a year. My interest in the language began when I started reading classical French novels by Balzac, Dumas, Flaubert, Stendhal, and others. I’m also a budding armchair historian of the French Revolution. In 2018/19, I spent Christmas and the New Year in Paris. Bonne Année !!

French is a beautiful, musical, romantic language, … and I’m keen on learning it.

For the next 100 days, I’ll focus daily on three French words—a noun, a verb, and an adjective—and use them in sentences. The results of my efforts will surely be hilarious, peppered with errors, and unequivocally bad French … but you gotta have the freedom to fail.

So, without further ado … let’s learn French! Allons-y!

VERB OF THE DAY

savoir : to know

PRÉSENT
je sais
tu sais
il/elle sait
nous savons
vous savez
ils/elles savent

L’IMPARFAIT
je savais
tu savais
il/elle savait
nous savions
vous saviez
ils/elles savaient

PASSÉ COMPOSÉ
j’ai su
tu as su
il/elle a su
nous avons su
vous avez su
ils/elles ont su

NOUN OF THE DAY

la vérité : truth, truthfulness, sincerity.

ADJECTIVE OF THE DAY

grave : serious.

MY SILLY SENTENCES


Elle n’a pas dit la vérité. (She did not tell the truth.)
Il m’a dit la vérité sur sa jeunesse. (He told me the truth about his youth.)
La situation était très grave et je savais pourquoi. (The situation was very serious and I knew why.)
Elle ne savait pas que son chien était stupide. (She did not know that her dog was stupid.)
Ma copine sait comment faire du vélo. (My girlfriend knows how to ride a bicycle.)
Elle le savait mais il ne le savait pas. Ils le savaient mais nous ne le savions pas. Je le savais mais tu ne le savais pas. C’est la vie ! (She knew it but he didn’t know it. They knew it but we didn’t know it. I knew it but you didn’t know it. Such is life!
Je suis entré dans la chambre. Je l’ai vue. Elle était très sérieuse. Elle n’a pas parlé. Je n’ai pas parlé. Nous nous sommes embrassés. Je suis parti. (I entered the bedroom. I saw her. She was very serious. She did not speak. I did not speak. We kissed. I left.)
Je connais la vérité ! (I know the truth!)


100 Days of French – Day 1


The Learning French 100 Day Project


I’ve been studying French on and off for about a year. My interest in the language began when I started reading classical French novels by Balzac, Dumas, Flaubert, Stendhal, and others. I’m also a budding armchair historian of the French Revolution. In 2018/19, I spent Christmas and the New Year in Paris. Bonne Année !!

French is a beautiful, musical, romantic language, … and I’m keen on learning it.

For the next 100 days, I’ll focus daily on three French words—a noun, a verb, and an adjective—and use them in sentences. The results of my efforts will surely be hilarious, peppered with errors, and unequivocally bad French … but you gotta have the freedom to fail.

So, without further ado … let’s learn French! Allons-y!

VERB OF THE DAY

écrireto write

PRÉSENT
j’écris
tu écris
il/elle écrit
nous écrivons
vous écrivez
ils/elles écrivent

L’IMPARFAIT
j’écrivais
tu écrivais
il/elle écrivait
nous écrivions
vous écriviez
ils/elles écrivaient

PASSÉ COMPOSÉ
j’ai écrit
tu as écrit
il/elle a écrit
nous avons écrit
vous avez écrit
ils/elles ont écrit

NOUN OF THE DAY

le roman : novel

ADJECTIVE OF THE DAY

mauvais / mauvaise : poor, bad.

MY SILLY SENTENCES


J’ai écrit un mauvais roman. (I wrote a bad novel.)
J’écrivais vraiment mal dans ma jeunesse. (I wrote really badly in my youth.)
Je veux lire ce que tu as écrit. (I want to read what you wrote.)
J’ai acheté un roman d’Albert Camus appelé La Peste. (I bought a novel by Albert Camus called The Plague.)
Elle a lu un roman d’Albert Camus appelé L’Etranger. (She read a novel by Albert Camus called The Stranger.)
Les romans d’Albert Camus ne sont pas mauvais. Ils sont très bons. (The novels by Albert Camus are not bad. They are very good.)
Le roman d’Alexandre Dumas appelé Le Comte de Monte-Cristo est très long. Il fait plus de mille quatre cents pages ! (The novel by Alexandre Dumas called The Count of Monte Cristo is very long. It is over one thousand four hundred pages.)

Year 2020 365 Photo Journey (June 8th – June 23rd)

I took yet another bike ride this weekend. Many businesses had boarded up their windows in anticipation of violence … and artists came and conquered.

At times likes these, I like to breathe deeply and let all the currents in the Universe flow freely through me. Please enjoy my pictures!

365 Photo Journey

Apparently, this is a thing. Consider it a challenge, a journal, or a journey (I prefer journey). Take a picture a day and post it to your blog. Here are some reasons why you should try it, too.

Year 2020 365 Photo Journey (June 2nd – June 7th)

Saturday, I took a short bike ride downtown and took some pictures. Apparently, later that same afternoon, protests over the murder of George Floyd ensued. And later that evening, there were pockets of rioting and looting.

I missed all that … mostly, I’m focused on the peace and calm that pervades the Universe in all its timelessness. At any rate, here are some pics from my short bike ride. Enjoy!

365 Photo Journey

Apparently, this is a thing. Consider it a challenge, a journal, or a journey (I prefer journey). Take a picture a day and post it to your blog. Here are some reasons why you should try it, too.

Year 2020 365 Photo Journey (May 25th – June 1st)

Memorial Day 2020! The COVID-19 crisis here in Indianapolis may (I hope) have reached its apex. Phase Two of the Governor’s plan is in effect. I took a bike ride downtown and even stopped at a restaurant and drank a double espresso and lime ice. Lovely!

At any rate, here are some pics from my short bike ride. Enjoy!

365 Photo Journey

Apparently, this is a thing. Consider it a challenge, a journal, or a journey (I prefer journey). Take a picture a day and post it to your blog. Here are some reasons why you should try it, too.

From Whence This Sweetness Came

From whence this sweetness came,
I do not know.
But sweetness be!
Such felicity!
No errant word transcribed or heard,
or hard-wrought image showed.

From whence this sweetness came,
I cannot say.
But ’round your eye
The rain doves fly
And pluck Spring’s lyre’s strings
and sing so heavenly.

From whence this sweetness came–
from what moonbeam or sunbeam,
blushed two children,
conjoined, born dancing,
hand in curious hand,
around the hollyhocks play–
from whence this sweetness came,
I cannot say.