Conversation in French

Welcome ! This is a great opportunity to practice reading and writing in French with your fellow Rocket French learners. So browse some of the posts, take your French reading skills for a spin and when you're ready, introduce yourself and get chatting! Don't be afraid to make mistakes - these are learners just like you and they're here to help.

Malin - Smart or Stupid?

In Lesson 13.1 there is a phrase that says, " j'aurais l'air malin" which is translated as "I would look stupid". I looked up "malin" in several dictionaries and never found the word stupid associated with it. I fact its primary meaning is smart, clever, cunning. The other meanings include...

5 replies - Last post by Mohammed-H7 -
May 5, 2015

How describe my profession as licensed massage therapist en francais?

I am a board certified massage therapist. This is my profession for which I am trained in Therapeutic, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Prenatal etc. How would I describe my métier en francais?

1 reply - Last post by torusan -
Apr 29, 2015

Does it sound weird if you don't use the the right tense or gender?

Do you know when you talk, does it sound weird if you talk with the wrong gender or wrong tense or do we just get away with it?

8 replies - Last post by Ashraf--44 -
Apr 11, 2015

I am going to say something in french and you will answer ok ?

salut!

109 replies - Last post by Terry-v -
Mar 31, 2015

Language accent

How can I get the french accent?

2 replies - Last post by Diana-S1 -
Mar 29, 2015

Subjonctif for 50/50 situations

Hello, I'm almost done with this CLE International book: Grammaire Progressive du Français avec 600 exercises. Just 10 pages to go and I'm done with all 271. I'm finding more errors in these later chapters, most in the correction guide but also typos in the lesson material. Here's an example...

4 replies - Last post by torusan -
Mar 17, 2015

french proficiency tests

Can these series of french lessons be enough to pass french proficiency tests or DELF exam? Is anyone from this Rocket French Community able to pass the DELF exam with the help of this online course? I am a novice and it is really required to learn such language in order for me to easily adapt...

3 replies - Last post by jason☺ -
Mar 17, 2015

Why use est-ce que

Why does a question like "tu as soif?" sometimes start with "est-ce que..." but not always?

13 replies - Last post by Dan-S45 -
Mar 15, 2015

Le Train Bleu

Hi Everybody, I'm organizing a dinner at Le Train Bleu. Link: http://www.le-train-bleu.com/ Has anybody been there? They have completely renovated the restaurant and I have been waiting for that to be finished and some time to go check it...

3 replies - Last post by jason☺ -
Mar 2, 2015

Est-ce que

Hello, just started the course about 10 days ago and am confused about Est-ce que.  For example I thought I understood Est-ce que from lesson 1.3 there were recorded samples that this meant "Do" or Est-ce que vous? is "do you" Now I'm in 2.1 and see examples that Est-ce que starts off...

0 replies - Last post by Dan-S45 -
Feb 26, 2015

Beginners in the San Francisco Bay Area [thread].

Any beginners [Level 1 / went through a few lessons] in the San Francisco Bay Area (I'm in the south bay), who would like to meet / practice dialogs / games / do homework together?   Also, anyone in the same area who would like to create/join private lessons group with a tuitor?

0 replies - Last post by Dmitry-C1 -
Feb 19, 2015

Dogdose aboyer et friandise

Bonjour à tous, Ce matin, j'étais en train d'étudier le passé composé dans un livre de CLE International par Maïa Grégoire et Odile Thiévenaz (ISBN: 978-2-09-033848-5) quand j'ai découvert quelques nouveaux mots. Vous pouvez lire en page 180 la phrase suivante: Mettez au passé...

2 replies - Last post by jason☺ -
Feb 11, 2015

Royco Minute Soup

Bonjour, Je viens d'acheter trois paquets de Royco Minute Soup: Bouillon de Volaille & vermicelles pour mon déjeuner. La boite dit que cela doit être prêt en 2 minutes. Envie d'une pause réconfort? Découvrez une petite soupe à la texture légère! Prêt en 2 mn! 3...

1 reply - Last post by jason☺ -
Feb 5, 2015

Pronouncing words ending with eur, e.g vapeur, docteur etc

I notice audio examples in this course pronouncing words like "vapeur" and "docteur" as "vapor" and "doctor", whereas all of the other references (online and other course materials) pronounce these (almost) as "vap-err" and "doct-err". What is the correct way of pronouncing words with "eur" in...

4 replies - Last post by jason☺ -
Feb 4, 2015

Bonne Journee

What does bonne journee mean in english

3 replies - Last post by jason☺ -
Jan 29, 2015

any beginners out there?

Hi all, I'm hoping to find someone at a similar stage to myself who is after a pen pal to help in the language learning process. I'm a beginner, up to the end of level one in rocket french, though I'm still going through the grammar sections. I find the spelling the most difficult so thinking a...

7 replies - Last post by jason☺ -
Jan 29, 2015

Norman and Cyprien

Bonsoir, These guys are both great. Use the subtitles if you need them. Norman: http://youtu.be/G__utFMuR6I Cyprien: http://youtu.be/1idHya-NxkA Bonne soirée!

0 replies - Last post by jason☺ -
Jan 28, 2015

Cryptogram in French / Message chiffré

Rule 1: Do not spoil it by responding with a solution. Rule 2: Remember rule one Who's able to read this in French? I find these easy to read in English. In French, it takes me quite a bit longer. UN B34U JOUR D'373, J'37415 5UR L4 PL4G3 37 J3 R3G4RD415 D3UX J3UN35 F1LL35 JOU4N7 D4N5 L3...

1 reply - Last post by jason☺ -
Jan 22, 2015

How do you know when words within an expression are silent?

Such as I hope that you are well, Je espère que ça va bien. It sounds to me as if the "va" is silent. I have listened to this dozens of times and I cannot tell. The pronunciation has been the biggest stumbling block for me and this is what makes me quit. How do I tell if words are...

4 replies - Last post by John-M173 -
Jan 13, 2015

Using polite form

Est-ce que vous parlez français ? or Parlez-vous français ? Does it matter which phrase you use when speaking or writing.

5 replies - Last post by torusan -
Nov 9, 2014

Genders

How can you tell the masculine from the feminine

2 replies - Last post by Michael--541 -
Nov 1, 2014

On dois. Nous devons. Can someone differentiate?

Just curious what the nuance is between these two. Is 'nous devons' more formal, or is must/should implied? Thanks! PS-- J'ADORE ROCKET FRENCH, Merci, Claire et Paul! Ce cours fait d'apprendre beaucoup de plaisir.

4 replies - Last post by Homy-- -
Sep 19, 2014

Bilingual in conversation

I've created an 8 month plan to learn conversational French. I'm wondering if I can really be bilingual in French if I dedicated 8 months of Rocket French and other structures I have in place. Is this do-able or am I being highly ambitious? I am learning French not only because I am so...

3 replies - Last post by Homy-- -
Sep 19, 2014

Do I need to study more?

Okay, so here is the deal. I do Rocket languages about 3 - 5 times a week for about 20 minutes each time. 1 - 3 times a week I study on my own. Should I be studying more? When you were learning how often did you do stuff? I need help with that. I just want to make sure I am learning the right...

15 replies - Last post by frenchconnection -
Sep 17, 2014

How do I best use the recordings to modify my pronunciation?

I am looking for some more direction in how to correct my pronunciation. It never really looks much like what is the visual of the recording.

3 replies - Last post by Marise-R -
Aug 28, 2014

Canadian French

I'll never set foot in France. I wish to communicate in Quebec. Is this course going to help or hinder?

2 replies - Last post by Michael-W -
Aug 26, 2014

Pronunciation of 'en retard'.

I have seen the previous post on the same subject 'Pronunciation of: 'en retard'. I am absolutely new to French and not having any clue on how to pronounce 'en retard'. Can anyone help? Regards, Sham

0 replies - Last post by shamsundar -
Jul 29, 2014

Hello! Just trying the forums for the first time!

Hello! I'm new and am just checking out the forums. <3 <3 <3

7 replies - Last post by Janice-M27 -
Jul 13, 2014

Teaching idiomatically vs. literally...

First off, having a blast learning French here. But... Given the sentence, "Est-ce que tout se passe comme vous le souhaitez ?" And then having the translation below being, "Is everything to your satisfaction?" With regard to syntax, would not it be worthwhile to have the translation be, "Is...

3 replies - Last post by Stefanie--15 -
Jul 11, 2014

Help for practicing French

I would like to start practicing French with someone on skype. My level of french is between beginner and intermediate. Please if anyone is interested my skype is g.georgieva6.

0 replies - Last post by ginka-- -
Jun 30, 2014

Conversation en francaise

Bon, je voudrais savoir si vous avez conversations en francaise en quelque part par exemple skype, parce que on a besoin de practiquer. J'espére que oui.

0 replies - Last post by florez57 -
Jun 10, 2014

Mega French for IPad

Am I able to download Mega French to an IPad? I have it on my laptop, but prefer to access Rocket French on my IPad.

0 replies - Last post by Janette-G2 -
Jun 10, 2014

Pronunciation

Hi fellow French people :) As a new french learner my biggest problem is with pronunciation. It seems like there are only a certain number of sounds in the language, and they overlap all the time! For example: mais et mai There are things like this all the time. When I am listening to the...

3 replies - Last post by Taylor-S20 -
May 30, 2014

Lesson 2.13 problems

Well, bad day at the console for lesson 2.13 for me. 3 things. 1) for the phrase "le cahier noir" there was definitely an "n" in the pronunciation, sounded like "le tanier ..." happened twice. 2) for the word "long" there were 2-3 syllables in what I heard! 3) I asked for 3 words to be put...

5 replies - Last post by Drew-Whatling -
May 11, 2014

A slow motion option for the french language.

Is there any chance of an option for slowing the french speaking, which I need from time to time. As there is in the duolinga french course.

2 replies - Last post by caricampbellcool -
May 6, 2014

Pronouncing 'r'

I do not pronounce the French R very well, especially when the it is in the middle/end of the word (as in notre or merci). Any suggestions, explanations, practice methods, etc? Merci!

6 replies - Last post by caricampbellcool -
May 6, 2014

How do I connect to this?

How do I connect to this?

1 reply - Last post by Pat-K -
Apr 28, 2014

use the word le monde

Salut tout le monde in a sentence - hello everyone Le monde can also means “world” depending on the type of sentence. Is this correct?

1 reply - Last post by lancish -
Apr 27, 2014

Lessons 8.2 and 8.3

I cannot find the written dialogues to accompany the verbal role playing reviews -- without going back to each individual lesson. Would you please tell me how to display them? Thank you, Patricia

0 replies - Last post by Patricia--77 -
Apr 24, 2014

Pronunciation question

Claire asks this question: Attendez-vous un taxi ? She does not run the "s" in vous into the "u" in un - "vouzun" as I've heard many people do. I would like some guidance or commentary on this please.

4 replies - Last post by lancish -
Mar 14, 2014

how to pronounce ai in conditional tense

do you pronounce ai in the conditional tense as ay or eh

2 replies - Last post by lancish -
Mar 11, 2014

is the pronunciation correct?

In French lesson 1-12 I questioned several pronunciations, but here are two that I remember: for "etre en retard" the speaker said [eh <pause> tran-retar] a distinct pause between the e and the tre of etre. It really sounds quite wrong to me. for "elle a froide" the speaker said...

2 replies - Last post by lancish -
Mar 11, 2014

How do I remember which words go with which words?

How do I remember which words in the French go with words in English?

4 replies - Last post by lancish -
Mar 11, 2014

Word missing in transcript

In lesson 2.3, where the person missed his plane to Nice, the agent says "Desolee, l'avion est deja parti!" But, the transcript, at least mine, does not have the word Desolee, so it was a bit confusing.

8 replies - Last post by lancish -
Mar 11, 2014

live chat

anyone interested in trying out live chat? post your IM

176 replies - Last post by kulawat-- -
Mar 6, 2014

ticket or billet

lesson 3.3 - in this conversation they are going on the tram & Paul says - On ne doit pas acheter un ticket d'abord ? - isnt "ticket" billet in french or is "ticket" also used in French. Also if they are interchangeable when would you use ticket instead of billet or visa versa Also in...

4 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere -
Feb 24, 2014

what is it

What is la porsche in 3.1?

5 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere -
Jan 6, 2014

Comment c'est Va?

Comment c'est va He m'apple Girly

14 replies - Last post by jose-luis1 -
Jan 6, 2014

Pronunciation of: 'en retard'.

I have a question about the pronunciation of the expression: ‘en retard’. I notice that Paul pronounces this: ‘en rer tarh’. However, in the course French Speed Learning, this is pronounced: ‘ah tarh’. The ‘en’and the ‘rer’ all seem to blend into one ‘ah’. I have...

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere -
Nov 26, 2013

In a boutique.

If a sales person asks "Est-ce-que je peux vous aider". what is the best response if you you do not have anything in particular to look for but are only looking or browsing?

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere -
Nov 26, 2013

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