Presently I am frustrated learning past tense!

by Weekend In Paris

Today was a hard day with le francais.   I am weakening…why do I need to know past tense and future tense?  Next week I am going to France.  When I am there it will be present tense right?  The French won’t care what I will be doing the following week since I will be back here in the United States. Can’t I just stick to the present tense and forget the rest?

This is pretty early in the game to give up right?  I will attempt to tell you in French what I did today.  Not everything – I did dishes, grocery shopped, walked the dog, called the boys at school (no one picked up – ahem), organized some bills, wrote some correspondence, and cooked a nutritious delicious dinner.  Do I know how to say any of that – not really, but I think I know how to say the following:

J’ai joué au tennis avec mes amies.  J’ai bu un café avec un homme qui travaille à mon université. J’ai essayé le francais plus mal.

French speakers – feel free to correct my little essay above on this blog.  I can take it!

Je suis fatigue!

Bon nuit!

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liquidfrench January 15, 2010 - 8:47 pm

You are so funny. I am working an le futur with my tutor next week. I am the same as you — as long as everything is happening now, I am good to go.

Je suis très confusé. (I know that is incorrect, but it makes me laugh) I am struggling with the difference between the passé composé (avec avoir) and the imparfait (avec ait, ais etc).

But I still love it all.

I cannot wait to read about your trip.

Margo January 15, 2010 - 2:39 pm

Personally I take the language a bit further, how about French without verbs at all which eliminates any tense requirements? Instead of saying, “May I have a glass of wine, please,” I recommend requesting “A glass of wine, please.” I could read your French perfectly. You’re good to go.


marie-charlotte January 15, 2010 - 7:29 am

Pas si mal ton Français. Courage, c’est un très bon début! Ne sois pas trop fatiguée… la semaine prochaine tu es à Paris!

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