Hungry French boy
J'ai faim - I’m hungry.

Key Phrases 03

What do ‘parce que’, ‘j'ai soif’ and ‘ouvrez vos cahiers’ mean? How would you say, ‘how are you?’, ‘I come from’ or ‘I have a cold’?

Aged 11 to 14 and studying French? This enjoyable rapid revision quiz was created especially to help you.

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In any language there are certain phrases which will come in very useful. If you want to be polite then you should know how to ask how somebody is. If you are feeling unwell then being able to describe your symptoms is essential. And if you want to give or follow instructions then some key phrases will help. In this quiz we look at a variety of common phrases in French. Have a go and see how many of the forty given you know. It’s a great way to learn and revise French for tests and exams at school.

In each question you will be given a word or words in English. All you have to do is choose the French equivalent from the four choices offered.
Parce que
Car = because
Cependant = however
Parce que = because
You should
On doit
On ne devrait pas
On devrait
On ne doit pas
On doit = you must
On ne devrait pas = you shouldn't
On ne doit pas = you mustn't
I have a temperature
J'ai chaud
J'ai faim
J'ai froid
J'ai de la fièvre
J'ai chaud = I'm hot
J'ai faim = I'm hungry
J'ai froid = I'm cold
I've got the flu
J'ai mal au bras
Je m'appelle
J'ai la grippe
J'ai mal au bras = my arm hurts
Je m'appelle = my name is
Salut = hi
How are you
Ça va bien
Ça va
Ça ne va pas
Pas mal
Ça va bien = I'm okay
Ça ne va pas = I'm not okay
Pas mal = Not bad
I come from
J'habite ici depuis
C'est riche en
Il est important de
Je viens de
J'habite ici depuis = I've lived here for
C'est riche en = it's rich in
Il est important de = it's important to
Stand up
Levez la main
Il faut
Il ne faut pas
Levez la main = put your hands up
Il faut = you must
Il ne faut pas = you mustn't
Put your hands down
Ouvrez vos cahiers
Fermez vos cahiers
Baissez la main
Ouvrez vos cahiers = open your books
Asseyez-vous = sit down
Fermez vos cahiers = close your books
I've got a cold
J'ai soif
Je suis fatigué
Je suis enrhumé
Je suis malade
J'ai soif = I'm thirsty
Je suis fatigué = I'm tired
Je suis malade = I'm ill
It provides
Ça apporte du
Ça contient du
C'est bon pour
C'est mauvais pour
Ça contient du = it contains
C'est bon pour = it's good for
C'est mauvais pour = it's bad for
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - French

Author:  Graeme Haw

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