Hello! My name is Caitlin, and I'm currently in my third year of studying French at the University of Oxford. I've always loved learning languages, and my time at Oxford has been both challenging and fascinating. We are taught all aspects of grammar very comprehensively, and I hope that this indepth teaching is something my students will be able to benefit from. I have also had a lot of experience teaching since beginning university, which has included volunteering as a teaching assistant in a local secondary school, teaching English to students in Italy in July 2015, as well as giving one-to-one tuition to a eight year old over the course of my second year. In fact, I'm currently teaching English near Paris to secondary school students as a British Council language assistant, as part of my year abroad. I've felt extremely rewarded in my capacity as a teacher, and have really enjoyed seeing students enthused and excited by their learning. I would love to recreate this same enthousiasm over the course of my sessions.
I am very happy to tutor all aspects of French, whether that be reading, listening, writing or speaking. I can also help with exam preparation, such as going over past papers together in the run up to exams. I am prepared to be as flexible as possible, however, so that my sessions best suit what you are looking for.
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Reflexive verbs are used for actions that you to do yourself. An example in English would be something like ‘I shower myself’ or ‘I am shaving myself’. You can think of it like this: the verb is reflexive because it reflects back on yourself.
In French, you can spot a reflexive when you see ‘se’ in front of the verb. So ‘se brosser les dents’ (to brush one’s teeth) or ‘se laver’ (to wash oneself) are both reflexive verbs, for instance.
You may be now wondering how to form these verbs, and the process is fairly straightforward. You conjugate the verb as you usually would, and then add the relevant reflexive pronoun. Remember that this pronoun goes directly before the verb when we’re in the present tense. The reflexive pronouns are as follows.
So here’s how would we would conjugate ‘se baigner’ (to bathe oneself) for example.
Je me baigne
Tu te baignes
Il/elle se baigne
Nous nous baignons
Vous vous baignez
Ils/elles se baignent
So, what we’ve learned so far is that reflexive verbs are used for actions that you do to yourself. When forming a reflexive verb, you need to put the relevant reflexive pronoun before the verb. So far so good. But there’s one very important thing to know about reflexive verbs. In the past tense, you must form them with the auxiliary ‘être’, rather than ‘avoir’.
Given that we are using être, it is also very important that we agree the verb where necessary.
Here’s what ‘se lever’ (to get up’) would look like in the past.
Je me suis levé
Tu t’es levé
Il s’est levé/ elle s’est levée
Nous nous sommes levés
Vous vous êtes levés
Ils se sont levés/elles se sont levées.
So remember, for instance, that if I am female and I am talking about myself, I would say ‘je me suis levée’. Equally, I am want to use ‘nous’ to refer to a group of girls, I would have to say ‘nous nous sommes levées’see more