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Is your head filled with knowledge? Do you feel intelligent and well-read now that you know 30 new French words?

We hope the next 10 words will broaden your mind some more! Watch the following video to expand your horizons (and French vocabulary).

Video: French 500 words lesson 4

Now try your hand at completing this exercise.Write your answers in the comment section below.

Exercise:Tell us if the translated words are Right or Wrong

1- ‘Rue’ is ‘street’.

a) Right

b) Wrong

2- ‘Marches/Marcher’ is ‘walk/to walk’.

a) Right

b) Wrong

3- ‘Je suis’ is ‘a minute’.

a) Right

b) Wrong

4- ‘Un/Une’ is ‘one/a’.

a) Right

b) Wrong

5- ‘Aller’ is ‘to’.

a) Right

b) Wrong

6- ‘Là-bas’ is ‘over there’.

a) Right

b) Wrong

7- ‘À’ is ‘think’.

a) Right

b) Wrong

8- ‘Dois/Devoir’ is ‘have to’.

a) Right

b) Wrong

9- ‘Pense/Penser’ is ‘go to’

a) Right

b) Wrong

10- ‘Une minute’ is ‘a minute’.

a) Right

b) Wrong

Don’t forget to number your answers correctly! Good luck!

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Why Translation Apps Are Not Always A Safe Bet

Unafraid of scary words that sound like gibberish, the modern traveller bravely ventures out past his immediate surroundings. His support system–the innumerable translator apps available online–converts the sounds he hears, to something he can actually understand.

This modern traveller is not alone. Many of us choose to use such apps, even while studying a language–because they are easy to use, convenient, inexpensive–many also promise us accurate translations.

Even dictionaries have begun jumping onto this bandwagon, offering translations for the more common languages heard around the globe.

What we (and the modern traveller) often overlook, is the nuances hidden in each word of every single language.

The word ‘eat’ in English has (according to one such app), 7 different translations in French and Spanish, and 6 different translations in Italian. These words are similar to the English meaning of ‘eat’ but are used in different contexts.

It could be argued that translating a sentence as a whole removes the chance of multiple possibilities and provides an answer in the right context. While correct, this is not the case for all phrases or words which have no literal translation into English. The same holds true for sentences or phrases being translated into English; sometimes there is no logical meaning to it.

For example: It’s raining cats and dogs, does not mean what we think it does if translated into French, for example.

Raining Cats and Dogs

Now try translating this German idiom ‘Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei’. While it translates to ‘Everything has an end, only the sausage has two’ (in English), its meaning is closer to the English saying ‘All good things must come to an end’.

While each word is translated, the context and meaning of a sentence is not conveyed in the same manner. The essence is lost, quite literally, in translation.

Instead of relying heavily and exclusively on a translator app, the modern traveller would benefit if he studied the language with a native speaker.

They are the only people uniquely qualified to explain the subtle differences in the usage of common words, the colloquialisms and the context in which they should be used.

Take the words, 'I'm sorry', for example. Simple words; in Spanish, this phrase takes on slightly different meanings in different situations.

People usually say "Lo siento" for an apology (if something was your fault), and (if you are trying to get someone's attention) say "Disculpe" or "Perdón".

Native speakers, additionally, can help the modern traveller avoid mangling words in whichever foreign language he wishes to speak by coaching him in the exact accent and pronunciation.

For a seamless travel experience, the modern traveller should arm himself with both a prior knowledge of the language as well as a reliable and accurate translation app. After all, it is never a bad idea to have a backup plan.

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You now know 20 words in French (Yaay!).

Let’s learn another 10!

Video: French 500 words lesson 3

Based on the video, complete the following exercise and write your answers in the comment section below.

Exercise: Looking at the English translation, choose the correct French conversation

1- What is it?
a) Je ne sais pas!
b) Oui, c’est à moi.

2- Whose is it?
a) Ce n'est pas le mien.
b) C’est à qui?

3- Yes, it's mine.
a) Oui, c’est à moi.
b) Qu’est ce que c’est?

4- No, it's his. Or her's.
a) Non c’est à lui. Ou à elle.
b) Je ne sais pas!

5- I don’t know!
a) Je pense que c’est à toi.
b) Je ne sais pas!

6- It is not mine.
a) C’est à qui?
b) Ce n'est pas le mien.

7- I think it is yours.
a) Non, c’est à lui.
b) Je pense que c’est à toi.

Don’t forget to number your answers correctly! Good luck!

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You’ve already learnt (and hopefully remember) the first 10 French words from the last blog post.

Here’s another 10 words to broaden your French vocabulary.

Video: French 500 words lesson 2

Practice your French with the following exercise and write your answers in the comment section below.

Exercise: Use the right words to complete the conversation

1- D'où viens tu?

a) Oui, je parle anglais.

b) Je viens d'Inde.

2- Parles-tu anglais?

a) Non, je parle seulement Français.

b) D'où viens tu?

3- Pardon, parles-tu anglais?

a) Je viens d'Inde.

b) Oui, je parle anglais

Don’t forget to number your answers correctly! Good luck!

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Learn French easily with these 2 minutes fun-to-learn videos. With these videos learn French vocabulary, phrases, verbs, and grammar step-by-step online.

Wouldn’t you love it if you didn’t have to always read, read and then read some more to learn a new language?

Would you like to learn French (the basics), while watching a video?

Then read on. Or should I say, watch on?

Video: French 500 words lesson 1

Now that you have (hopefully) learnt some brand new French words, let’s put your knowledge to the test.

Solve the below exercise and write your answers in the comment section below.

Exercise: Choose the correct translation of the words

1- Je

a) your
b) I

2- Es
a) is/are
b) call me

3- Bonjour
a) hello
b) fine

4- Ça va
a) what
b) are you/is it going

5- Ton
a) name
b) your

6- Comment
a) how
b) fine

7- Bien
a) fine
b) are you/is it going

8- Quel (quelle)
a) call me
b) what

9- M’appelle
a) call me
b) is/are

10- Nom
a) name
b) I

Don’t forget to number your answers correctly! Good luck!

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