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.)

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