Copiez les phrases :
1. Je vais en Floride.
2. Je nage à la plage.
3. Je vois un requin.
4. Je reviens à Atlanta.
5. Je passe de bonnes vacances.
2. Passé composé
We first translated the sentences from the A la cloche.
- I'm going to Florida. (I go, I do go)
- I am swimming at the beach. (I swim, I do swim)
- I see a shark. (I am seeing, I do see)
- I come back to Atlanta. (I am coming back, I do come back)
- I am having a nice vacation. (I have, I do have)
Then we used these sentences as a basis for introducing the passé composé, a verb tense that helps us talk about events that happened in the past. In French, you need to parts: the helping verb and the past participle. In French, usually the helping verb is a form of "avoir" but sometimes you'll use a form of "être." A small list of about 17 verbs uses "être" to form the past and all the rest of the verbs use "avoir" to form the passé composé. In the above sentences, numbers 1 and 4 have verbs that use "être" and the rest use "avoir."
What you do is you take the original verb in the sentence and turn it into the past participle with a special ending (usually). Then you add in the correct form of the helping verb.
Je vais en Floride. vais-->allé add in être to go with Je --> Je suis allé en Floride.
One additional note: when you use "être" you need to treat the past participle like an adjective describing the subject: so add an e if the subject is feminine, an s if it's plural.
Je suis allé -- if you're a guy. Je suis allée -- if you're a girl.
- Je suis allé (e) en Floride. (add 'e' if you're a girl saying "I went")
- J'ai nagé à la plage.
- J'ai vu un requin.
- Je suis revenu (e) à Atlanta. (same)
- J'ai passé de bonnes vacances.
As you continue in French, you'll learn more and more about forming and using the passé composé in conjunction with other past tenses.
3. Roman: Fama va en Californie
We finished reading Chapter 2 in our novel. We discussed some of the differences in ways of life between ourselves and the characters in the book. We also discussed the importance placed on clothing and matching in Mauritania and the US.