Family in French

In today’s free lesson you’ll learn how to talk about your family in French (the French word for family is famille). Practice your French pronunciation as you listen to the audio, and while you’re at it – take a closer look at the different ways to say 'my' in French.
 
Speaking about people in French will also help you understand how the French masculine and feminine principles work.
 
By the end of this lesson you’ll also know how to talk about more than one person.

Talking about Family in French

Let’s look at immediate family members:

My in French

Notice that in English we always use “my”, whatever person or group of people we are talking about. In French, “my” takes on three different forms depending on the person or thing in question! “Ma” refers to a woman or a feminine item, “Mon” is used for a man or masculine item (or a feminine item starting with a vowel), and “Mes” is used when we talk about more than one person or item! Take a good look at the above list and begin to make the connections about gender rules and you will be half-way to understanding how French people think and speak!

That's the end of this free French lesson! Why not check out the lesson describe people in French? Or even how to sing Happy Birthday in French? Always great for a surprise birthday celebration!

À bientôt!
Marie-Claire Rivière and the Rocket French Team
 


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