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This week in class we reviewed numbers. English speakers usually find French numbers to be difficult to remember and say quickly, especially higher numbers. This website is useful to review: http://www.woodwardfrench.com/lesson/numbers-from-1-to-100-in-french/

We talked about how numbers might come up in conversation:

Quelle âge as-tu?

J’ai trente ans. 

Dans quelle année es-tu né?

Je suis né en 1986. (mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-six)

Quelle heure est-il?

Il est 4h45. (quatre heures quarante-cinq)

Good numbers to know are: the year you were born, the current year, and how old you are!

Nous sommes en 2017 (deux mille dix-sept).

There are two ways to say years. Take 1992, for example:

  • mille neuf cent quatre-vingt-douze (one thousand nine hundred ninety-two)
  • dix-neuf cent quatre-vingt-douze (nineteen ninety-two)
Another quick point about numbers: if you want to say first, second, third, etc. you add “ème” at the end of the number (except for 1, it’s the exception!):
  • 1st / 1er : premier/ère
  • 2nd / 2e : deuxième
  • 3rd / 3e : troisième
  • 15 15e : quinzième
  • 100th 100e : centième

Week 0- the basics (1)


Français Anglais Exemple=Example
    Pronoms     Pronoums  









                       He/she/ colloquial ”we”



 They (masc/femin)

    Questions     Questions     Common rule (like englih): Question+verbe+pronom
    Qui ?



    Où ?

    Comment ?

    Pourquoi ?



    Quoi ?


    Est-ce que?







    Which? (masc)

    Which? (femin)


    What is?

    Is it?

    Qui es-tu? = Who are you?

    Que veux-tu? =What do you want ?

    Quand arrives-tu? =When do you arrive

    Ou es-tu? =Where are you?

    Comment vas-tu? = How are you?

    Pourquoi pas? = why not?

    Quel est le tien= which one is yours?

    Quelle heure est-il?= what time is it?

    C’est quoi? = what is it?

    Qu’est-ce-que c’est? = what is it?

    Est ce que c’est vrai ? = is it true ?

    Phonétiques       Phonetics     Like
    Ou     /u/


Oui (eng=we)
    Oi     /wa/


Moi (eng= mwa)
    On/om     /ɔ̃/


Bonjour (listen at link below) http://www.wordreference.com/fren/on 
    O/au/eau     /o/


Beau (eng= bo)
    È/ai/être     /ɛ/


Air (eng=air)

Belle àDisney princess

    É/ez/er/et     /ˈɛ̃/


Hey or Beyoncé
    E/eu/oeu     /ʒ/  /ø/ Je àJe m’appelle or voeux or veux

Or le monsieur (“on” exception)


    An/am/en/em     /ɑ̃/ Enfant or emploi or encore


    In/im/ain/aim/ein     /ɛ̃/ (j’ai)Faim or bien or plein


    Un     /œ̃, yn/ Défunt or emprunt



Pronunciation is key: practice it by looking up words in the example section or others at http://www.wordreference.com/

Week 1- the basics (2)

  • Révision de pronoms et phonétique
  • Mots typiques du prof
    • Très bien= very good
    • D’accord ? = agreed ?
    • Ça veut dire quoi ? = what does it mean
    • Compris ? = understood ?
    • On va= we are going to
    • Alors= so
    • Répétez après moi= repete after me
    • Voilà
    • Oui/non= yes/no
  • Be familiar with the meaning of these sentences as the professor will use them very often


  • Present tense of
    Auxiliaire ETRE (To be)

o   Je suis

o   Tu es

o   Il/elle/on est

o   Nous sommes

o   Vous êtes

o   Ils/elles sont


                Auxiliaire AVOIR (to have)

o   J’ai

o   Tu as

o   Il/elle/on a

o   Nous avons

o   Vous avez

o   Ils/elles ont


  • Know how to conjugate (auxiliary) verbs by heart


  • Presentes-toi (introduce yoursel)
o   Je m’appelle…

o   J’ai …ans

o   J’étudie…/je n’étudie pas je travaille à

o   Je viens de/je suis de…

o   My name is…

o   I am… years old

o   I study…/ I do not study I work at

o   I come from/I am from…


Shalom lekulam!
This week, we learned how to read. Yes, it’s that easy! We went over the Hebrew letters and the sounds they make, as well as the short vowels, and how they work together to form syllables and words. We transliterated English phrases in Hebrew and read them out loud.
We also learned some basic expressions and greetings.
Lastly, we listened to the song “Ani Veata” (me and you), and translated it together.
Toda raba, lehitraot!
Assalamu Aleikum!
This week, we started out with reading and listening to Mahmoud Darwish’s “Rita”, performed by Marcel Khalife. This is a romantic poem about the relationship between a Palestinian and an Israeli, before Israel was established. We discussed it’s meaning and it’s historical context.
Later, we focused on conversation in Ammia (dialectic Arabic). We said a few words about ourselves and talked about the benefits of learning Ammia.
Tsharrafna! Minshoufkom al-Usbu’a a-Jaai.

Farsi 2/28/17

Today in class with the help of the textbook, we began learning the letters and their orthography.

  • The letters are:
  • Long and short vowels
  • آ
  • ب – بابا ، آب
  • د – داد، بابا آب داد.
  • ن – نان، بابا نان داد.
  • ر – بار، باران، آرد، ران، دارا.
  • ا –  دارا انار دارد. برادر انار ندارد. 

*Note: the last one is /ae/ sound as in cat.


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Beginning Arabic

Hello Everyone!

During our first Novice Arabic B.U.I.L.D. class of the semester, everyone participated in brief introductions and discussed previous language experience. The entire first class was devoted to learning the Arabic alphabet (i.e. the name of each letter, the pronunciations of each letter, and how diacritical marks change the pronunciation of each letter). Please come to the next class if you can; the more students the merrier!

Here is a link to the Alphabet and Numbers worksheet:

Novice Arabic Class 1

Today in class we talked about 4 common French verbs: être (to be), avoir (to have), aller (to go), and faire (to do, to make). We conjugated these verbs, created sentences with them, and then practiced writing and speaking the verbs quickly with a game. The conjugations are below:



Je suis

Tu es

Il/Elle/On est

Nous sommes

Vous êtes

Ils/Elles sont




Tu as

Il/Elle/On a

Nous avons

Vous avez

Ils/Elles ont



Je vais

Tu vas

Il/Elle/On va

Nous allons

Vous allez

Ils/Elles vont



Je fais

Tu fais

Il/Elle/On fait

Nous faisons

Vous faites

Ils/Elles font


Then we talked about the “futur proche,” or “near future.” You use this tense to talk about something that will happen fairly soon or at a definite point in the future (tonight, this weekend, next week, at the end of the month, etc.). This tense is formed by using a conjugation of aller plus the infinitive of a verb. Some examples include:

  • Je vais pratiquer le français. (I am going to practice French.)
  • Tu vas aller à la plage. (You are going to go to the beach.)
  • Qu’est-ce que vous allez faire ce week-end? (What are you going to do this weekend?)


For homework, if you have the time, you can do one or more of the following:

The first class of Intermediate Spanish for Spring 2017 was kicked off on Monday 2/20.

The following is what we learned! 

Frases Importantes

Greetings and Formalities 

Hello Hola Goodbye Adiós See you later Hasta

Goodbye Adiós See you later Hasta

See you later Hasta luego

Good morning Buenos días Good afternoon Buenas

Good afternoon Buenas tardes Good evening/night Buenas

Good evening/night Buenas noches

How are you? ¿Cómo estás? 

I’m well. How are you? Bien. ¿y tú? 

Nice to meet you Mucho gusto 

How’s it going? ¿Qué tal? 

What happened? ¿Qué pasó? 

Thanks (very much) (Muchas) Gracias 

You’re welcome De nada Sorry Lo

Sorry Lo siento

Pardon Perdón 

Yes / No Sí / No 

Please Por favor 

Common Expressions 

Do you understand? ¿Entiende?

I do not understand No entiendo 

I do not speak Spanish No hablo español 

Do you speak English? ¿Hablas inglés? (informal) ¿Habla inglés? (formal) Bless

Bless you Salud

Of course Claro que si

More or less Más o menos

Me too Yo también

Me neither Yo tampoco

Vocab-Building Frases

What does ____ mean? ¿Qué significa?

How is it spelled? ¿Cómo se escribe?

How do you say ______? ¿Cómo se dice ________?

Los Números

1 – uno 2 – dos 3 – tres 4 – cuatro 5 – cinco 6 – seis 7 – siete 8 – ocho 9 – nueve 10 – diez 11 – once 12 – doce 13 – trece 14 – catorce 15 – quince 16 – dieciséis 17 – diecisiete 18 – dieciocho 19 – diecinueve 20 – veinte 21 – veintiuno 30 – treinta 40 – cuarenta 50 – cincuenta 60 – sesenta 70 – setenta 80 – ochenta 90 – noventa 100 – cien

Here is a link to a Spanish alphabet Worksheet: El alfabeto


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