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Degree: Modern Foreign Languages (Bachelors) - Durham University
I love languages! I studied French & German up to A-level, I did a 1 year Polish course in Krakow, I learnt conversational Dutch over the course of two summers working in a Dutch-owned campsite in France and now at university I am continuing French and have started Spanish.
So why is that relevant? Well, it's taught me a lot about the process of learning a language and I am very confident I can help you. I take a conversation-based approach, meaning we won't be talking about learning the language but actually practising and bettering your skills. I'll encourage you to make mistakes, I'll help get to the bottom of why you're making them rather than just correcting them and I hope to help you discover just how awesome it is to be able to express yourself in a foreign language!
|French||A Level||£20 /hr|
The majority of French verbs are take a conjugated form of the verb 'avoir' (to have) when forming the perfect tense, similarly to English. However, there is an important minority of verbs that use a conjugated form of the verb 'etre' (to be) when forming this tense. These verbs are called intransitive verbs, meaning that they do not take a direct object. These verbs often refer to a change in state or place, and although there aren't many, they are very important!
J'ai vu la montre - I've seen the watch (watch = direct object)
Je suis descendu - I went down (no direct object)
Fortunately there's a nice trick to memorise these verbs. All you have to do is meet MRS VAN DER TRAMP, the agreable Dutch lady who never objects!
Monter --> monté (went up)
Retourner --> retourné (returned)
Sortir --> sorti (went out)
Venir --> venu (came)
Arriver --> arrivé (arrived)
Naître --> né (was born)
Descendre --> descendu (went down)
Entrer --> entré (entered)
Rester --> resté (stayed)
Tomber --> tombé (fell)
Rentrer --> rentré (went back in)
Aller --> allé (went)
Mourir --> mort (died)
Partir --> parti (left)