While our popular 100 Most Used French Verbs posters and study guides are great for students and people with some knowledge of French, we've realized that many of our customers are looking for a quicker, more direct path to speaking in fully-formed, beautiful sentences.
With this poster, you'll learn basic French sentence structure (hint: it's the same as in English!) by combining greetings, introductions, actions, objects, and goodbyes. All while learning the essential French vocabulary to Eat, Play, and Live in French.
What do we mean by Eat, Play, and Live? We mean ordering food and drinks, introducing yourself, stating your wants and preferences, asking questions, shopping, traveling, studying, working and having fun. For many people around the world who are interested in learning French to travel and get by in a French-speaking country, whether it's France, Quebec or any other francophone locale, this is a great place to start!
How it Works
French and English both use the same basic sentence structure: Subject-Verb-Object. For example, the English sentence, she goes to the beach translates word for word into French as elle va à la plage.You can just as easily mix-and-match different subjects, verbs, and objects to say almost anything.
Well, we've taken it a step farther. Our How to Eat, Play, and Live in French poster breaks down a typical sentence into 8 sections, with the essential vocabulary you would need to Eat, Play, and Live.. in French!
The sections are: Greetings: Hello, How are you?, etc. Subjects: I would like, I am, Do you have...?, etc. Verbs: To eat, to play, to live, etc. Measure words: A plate of, inside of, too much, etc. Objects: Fruits, vegetables, coffee, music, school, etc. Modifiers: Today, tomorrow, with you, already, etc. Connectors: And, Because, In order to, etc. Goodbyes: Please, thank you, goodbye, etc.
The best part is, you don't need to memorize any concepts or learn any grammar rules. Just combine the words or phrases from each section as you would in English. If you can say it in English, you can say it en français!
Let's try it!
Let's choose the first words from the Eat section of the poster: "Salut, je veux manger un plat de nourriture s'il vous plaît." "Hello, I want to eat a plate of food please."
That's a good start! We probably want to be a little more specific though. Let's substitute "a plate of food" for "the fish and a salad": "Salut, je veux manger le poulet et une salade s'il vous plaît."
Simple enough. Let's try some other combinations: "Bonjour, y a-t-il un match de football aujourd'hui?" "Good afternoon, is there a football match today?"
"Veux-tu aller à la plage avec moi plus tard?" (informal) "Do you want to go to the beach with me later?"
"Avez-vous les papiers avec vous pour vendre la maison?" (formal) "Do you have the documents with you in order to sell the house?"
"Je devrais arriver devant la station de bus bientôt!" "I should arrive in front of the bus station soon!"
As you can see, the possibilities are almost limitless. With little more than the words on this poster, you could carry on a conversation in French for hours!