I am currently studying French and Spanish at the University of Leeds which I am absolutely loving. I have always been a passionate linguistic, especially in French, and would love to be able to share my passion with you.
As both my parents are French speakers, I have grown up surrounded by French and spent the whole of last year living and working in Paris. I am fascinated not only by the French language but also by the culture, customs and cuisine!
What will we cover?
When learning a language there are many aspects to cover. For me, I believe that a good understanding of grammar is essential, and during my sessions I will use techniques and methods to ensure that you grasp every grammatical concept - don't worry it's not as boring as it might seem!! As well as grammar, we will work on writing and oral techniques through essay writing and conversation sessions.
I will make the sessions as fun and enjoyable as I possibly can and I hope that you will learn a lot from me!
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If you would like to book a session with me, please book a "Meet the Tutor" session or send me an email through "WebMail" both of which can be found on this site. I look forward to meeting and working with you!
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Unfortunately one of the hardest things when it comes to learning about the past tense in French is learning the difference between the perfect and imperfect tense and when to use each of them.
Put simply, the perfect tense translates to the English past tense "I ate/He saw" OR the English present perfect "I have eaten/He has seen", whereas the imperfect tense translates to the English imperfect "I was eating/He was seeing". Knowing the difference between these two tenses is essential in order to accurately express what you are trying to say when talking or writing about events in the past.
The perfect tense/passé composé
This is the most common past tense in French and it used when referring to:
1. actions in the past that have been completed (eg. J'ai déjà fait mes devoirs)
2. actions in the past that have been repeated a number of times (eg. Je suis allée au cinéma deux fois hier)
3. a series of actions completed in the past (eg. Lundi dernier, il a parlé avec sa mère, est allé au parc et a fait le ménage)
The imperfect tense
The imperfect tense in French is a descriptive past tense and is used when referring to:
1. Habitual actions (eg. Quand j'étais jeune, j'allais au Canada toutes les étés)
2. Physical and emotional descriptions: time, weather, age, feelings (eg. Hier il faisait beau)
3. Actions or states of unspecified duration (eg. Je restais longtemps au parc avant de rentrer chez moi)
4. Background information regarding passé composé (eg. Ils étaient à la plage quand il a commencé à pleuvoir)
5. Wishes or suggestions (eg. Ah! Si j'étais riche!)
6. Conditions in si clauses (eg. S'il faisait beau, j'irais à la plage)
7. The expressions être en train de and venir de in the past (eg. Il venait d'arriver)