Introducing Yourself

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We all like to talk about ourselves! Being able to say your name and information about yourself is vital if you want to get to know French-speaking people.

This topic focuses on words you learnt when you first started French. Most of the content is straight forward and if you know this topic really well, you can pick up lots of points on basic stuff - like spellings and numbers. So, make sure you know this topic inside out!

You need to be able to use the correct way of saying hello to people, depending on the time of day or who they are. In addition, you may want to say how you are feeling (good, bad...). This may come up in your speaking exam in a role-play or in a listening exam.

In the next exercise, look at the English text in blue and type in the French translation. Make sure that you write both the question and the response before you mark your answer.

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Numbers

Knowing your numbers is absolutely essential, whether you want to tell the time, understand how much something costs or tell someone how old you are.

This next exercise will help you revise. Look at the word in the speech bubble, then click on the correct number in the blue boxes and mark your answer. Then move on to the next question and try another!

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So, you thought you were just doing some French revision and you had left your Maths behind!

Practising your numbers can be fun - honest! And they are extremely useful things to know in your exams. You can be guaranteed that they will turn up in some form in several parts of your exams, so make sure you know them really well!

Months

When you're talking about yourself, you may want to say when your birthday is. In order to do so correctly, you must know your French words for months.

Luckily, a lot of the names are the same, or nearly the same as the English words!

This exercise will help you to see how good you are at spelling the words for months.

Type the correct French word for each month (don't worry about the accents on letters - however, if you would like to check where they are, click on "Show answer" if you get it wrong). Mark your answer and then press "next question":

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Dates

Knowing how to say the date in French is essential, whether saying when your birthday is, booking into a hotel, or saying when you are going on holiday.

Remember: When saying a date, you say...

1. le then add the number.

So, on 5th November = le cinq novembre.

Unfortunately, exceptions do exist, but there's only one - this is:

On 1st = le premier.

How to say when your birthday is:

Mon anniversaire est le vingt et un octobre. = My birthday is on the 21st October.

Your name, age and birthday are important facts about yourself. It is very likely you will have to say these things in your speaking exam. Or, you may have to understand details about other people in the reading or listening exam. These are very straightforward things, so learn them carefully - you can then guarantee yourself easy marks.

In this exercise, read the statement in the speech bubble, select the person that you think it is describing and then mark your answer. Then move on to the next question and try another:

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Countries

Knowing your countries is essential, especially as you could be tested on them in your speaking, listening or reading exams. Learn the spellings carefully.

As well as knowing the words for countries, it is essential to know how to say your own nationality and be able to recognise the words for other people's nationalities.

If you are asked the question, "Tu es de quelle nationalité?" (Where do you come from?), you can answer by saying, "Je suis + nationality" (don't forget 'e' on the end for feminine).

For Example, "Je suis anglais (m)/ anglaise (f)"

Remember: The words are always slightly different depending on whether the person speaking is masculine or feminine - make sure you know the difference!

This exercise will help you remember how to say nationalities...

Look at the map below. Drag the correct person onto their home country (symbolised by the flashing red dots) and mark your answer:

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