Bonjour tout le monde!

Excusez-moi de mon absence aujourd’hui!

Here is what we would have covered in class today so please study ahead and learn them today:

  1.  Review of the days of the week: lundi, mardi, mercredi, jeudi, vendredi, samedi, dimanche
  2.  Learn the months of the year:  http://quizlet.com/198768/french-months-of-the-year-les-mois-de-lannee-flash-cards/  **BE sure to click on audio icon to hear pronunciation!

Also here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6YTpz6Ku60&feature=related

3. Learn how to express the date: le 3 octobre (the following is an explantion w/examples).

a. C’est

On est            + le + date + month (+ year)

Nous sommes

C’est le 8 avril 2000.

On est le 30 octobre.

Nous sommes le 2 janvier 2000.

b. Years before 2000 can be expressed in one of two ways. 1999 can be said mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-dix-neuf or dix-neuf cent quatre-vingt-dix-neuf. 2010 is simply deux mille dix.

c. On the first day of the month, you have to use the ordinal number premier (first) or 1er (1st) rather than the cardinal number.

It’s April 1st – C’est le premier avril, C’est le 1er avril  (but :It’s July 4th – C’est le 4 juillet.)

d. To write the short form of the date in French, it is essential to remember that the date goes first, and then the month. This can be very confusing for American English speakers!

American English             April 8, 2000 = 4/8/00

French  le 8 avril 2000 = 8/4/00

e. If you want to answer with the day of the week, use one of the following constructions:

 

C’est

On est            + day, + le + date + month (+ year)

Nous sommes

Note that the first construction has a comma after the day of the week, and that the definite article precedes the date. The second has no comma and the article precedes the day of the week.

C’est samedi, le 8 avril.

C’est le samedi 8 avril.

It’s Saturday, 8 April.

Nous sommes mardi, le premier décembre 2000.

Nous sommes le mardi premier décembre 2000.

It’s Tuesday December 1st, 2000.

f. To ask What day (of the week) is it? say Quel jour sommes-nous ? or Quel jour est-ce ? To answer, simply use one of the three beginnings listed above + the day of the week.

Nous sommes samedi.

On est jeudi.

C’est mardi.

Bonne journée et à demain!