Useful French Phrases Essays About Education

Index of French Lessons

French I
Basic French Phrases
Nouns, Articles & Demonstratives
Useful Words
Subject Pronouns
To Be & to Have
Question Words
Cardinal & Ordinal Numbers
Days of the Week
Months of the Year
Seasons & Directions
Color & Shapes
Family & Animals
To Know People & Facts
Possessive Adjectives


French II
To Do or Make
Work and School
Prepositions and Contractions
Countries and Nationalities
Negative Sentences
To / In and From places
To Come and to Go
Conjugating Regular Verbs
Pronominal (Reflexive) Verbs
Irregularities in Regular Verbs
Present Perfect (Passé Composé)
Irregular Past Participles
Etre Verbs
Food and Meals
Fruits, Vegetables, Meats
To Take, Eat or Drink
More Negatives
Holiday Phrases
French National Anthem
Canadian National Anthem
Belgian National Anthem
Swiss National Anthem


French III
Imperfect Tense
To Want, to Be Able to, to Have to
House and Yard
Furniture and Appliances
Comparative and Superlative
Irregular Forms
To Wear
Future Tenses
Preceding and Plural Adjectives
Adjectives: Feminine
Adjectives: Plurals
More Adjectives
Problem Verbs
C'est/Il est + Adjective + à/de + Infinitive
Sports and Games
To Live


French IV
Object Pronouns
Parts of the Body
Asking Questions
Interrogative Pronouns
Forms of Lequel
Relative Pronouns
Demonstrative Pronouns
To Read, to Laugh, to Say
Disjunctive Pronouns
Y and En
To See, to Believe, to Write
Plaire and Manquer
Pluperfect (Past Perfect)
Indefinite Pronouns
Subjunctive Mood
Falloir and Valoir
Workshop / Hobbies
False Cognates
Déjeuner du matin
Le corbeau et le renard


French V
Colloquial Expressions
Conjunctions / Connecting Words
Forms of Tout
Babies / Children
Primary / Secondary School
Passive Voice
Depuis, il y a, and pendant in past contexts
Post Office / Bank
To Receive
Verbs followed by à or de before infinitives or nouns
Adjectives followed by à or de
To Follow
Faire Causative
Direct / Indirect Discourse
Computers and Internet
Ne Explétif
Conditional Tenses
Parts of a Car / Gas Station
To Drive
Travelling / Airport


French VI
Special Uses of Devoir
Cosmetics / Toiletries
Medicine and Hospital
Present participle
Abbreviations / Slang
Past Infinitive
In the Ocean
To Die
In Space
Possessive Pronouns
Simple Past
Make-Believe / Fantasy
Music and Art
Acquérir and Résoudre
Past Subjunctive
Translating Phrasal Verbs
Other Translation Difficulties
Quebecois French

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French VII
Tricky Translations
Filling out Forms
Asking for clarification / help


French Phonetics
Pronunciation Overview
Listening Exercises
Repetition Exercises

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Food / Eating
On the Phone
Going Shopping
Going to the Doctor
Going to the Dentist / Eye Doctor
At the Hair Salon
Opening a Bank Account
Post Office
Renting an Apartment
Cooking / Kitchen Utensils
Christmas Vocabulary
School / Education
Zodiac Signs
Marriage / Civil Unions
English used in French
Regions of France
Major Cities of France
Writing Letters


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Informal French & Slang
Informal Ways of Speaking
Fillers in Speech
Recognizing French Slang Words
Common Expressions
Common Verbs
The verb foutre
Common Adjectives
Common Intensifiers / Adverbs
Health & Body
Emotions & Personality
Weather & Time
Talking & Chatting
Eating & Drinking
People & Animals
Places & Vehicles
Work & Money
Love & Dating
Fashion & Shopping
Entertainment & Technology
Baby Talk
Proper Names


Listen to French
French Listening Resources

French Realia
France Realia


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Write back to your friend, giving details about your school life.

Here are a few pointers on what to include:

1. A description of the facilities at your school

Include name, location, size, types of buildings and your opinion about them:

  • mon collège s’appelle - my (secondary) school is called
  • il est - it is
  • il se trouve - it is located
  • nous avons - we have
  • on a - we have
  • il y a - there is/there are
  • on peut aller - we can go
  • c’est assez/plutôt/très/extrêmement - it is quite/rather/very/extremely
  • je pense que - I think that
  • je préfère - I prefer
  • c’est plus/moins … que - it is more/less … than

2. A description of your school day

Include how and what time you arrive at school, starting and finishing times, length of lessons and breaks as well as lunchtime arrangements:

  • normalement/d’habitude - usually
  • toujours - always
  • parfois - sometimes
  • je vais au collège à pied/en vélo/en bus/en voiture - I go to school by foot/by bike/by bus/by car
  • nous commençons à - we start at
  • les heures de cours (f) - lesson, period
  • les heures libres (f) - free period
  • les cours durent - lessons last
  • la récréation - break time
  • la pause déjeuner - lunchtime
  • la cantine - canteen
  • je commence - I start
  • je finis - I finish

Note the differences between a typical school day in France and your own school day. Give your opinion about the differences you noted:

  • la journée est plus/moins… - the day is more/less…
  • à mon avis - in my opinion
  • j’aimerais/je n’aimerais pas… - I would like/I would not like…

3. A description of your school rules

Give examples of school rules and what you think about them:

  • on doit - we must
  • nous devons - we must
  • on n’a pas le droit de - we are not allowed to
  • il faut - we must
  • il est interdit de - it is forbidden to
  • pas de… - no…
  • c’est important/efficace/nécessaire - it is important/effective/necessary
  • c’est nul/ridicule - it is useless/ridiculous

4. Opinions about your subjects and teachers

  • j’adore - I love
  • je déteste - I hate
  • je dois étudier - I must study
  • j’ai toujours aimé/détesté - I have always liked/hated…
  • parce que/car - because
  • utile - useful
  • ennuyeux/ennuyeuse - boring
  • mon cours préféré, c’est… - my favourite lesson is…
  • il/elle est - he/she is
  • sympa - friendly
  • sévère - strict
  • pas aussi … que - not as … as
  • pas autant - not as much

5. More details about the type of further studies you would be interested in

Use conditional phrases and verbs in the future tense:

  • plus tard - later
  • au lycée - at college
  • j’aimerais - I would like
  • je voudrais - I would like
  • j’ai l’intention de - I intend to
  • j’espère - I hope to

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