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Intermediate French 3/2/2017

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

Beginning French 2017

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…


Hebrew all levels class 1 2017

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!

Intermediate Arabic class 1 2017

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.


Extra Resources!













list of singer! • Bijan Mortazavi • Moein • Mehrshad • 7th band • Mansour • Kamran & Hooman • Andy • 2afm • Shadmehr Aghili • Hayedeh • Googoosh • Leila Foroohar • Arash • Omid • Jamshid • Shahram Shabpare • Afshin • Carlo Venti • Benyamin • Black cats • Arian band • Maziar Falahi

FYI: Holland Center and Morse are right next to each other on Van Buren St.


Advanced Arabic             3:00- 3:50 pm      Holland Center

Conversational Arabic       4:00- 4:50 pm      Holland Center

Beginning Spanish          5:00-5:50 pm        Morse B207

Intermediate Japanese        5:00- 5:50pm     Morse B107

Intermediate Chinese          6:00- 6:50 pm    Morse A201



All Levels Farsi            12:00- 12:50 pm      Morse A200

Beginning German           4:00- 4:50 pm      Morse B108

Beginning Japanese          6:00- 6:50 pm      Morse A201



Beginning Arabic        4:00- 4:50 pm       Morse A2o2

Advanced Chinese       4:00- 4:50 pm      Morse A200

Intermediate Spanish        5:00- 5:50 pm  Morse B107

Intermediate Korean        5:00- 5:50 pm     Morse A202

All Levels Hebrew        6:00- 6:50 pm      Morse B107

All Levels Tagalog        6:00- 6:50 pm      Morse A201

Beginning Kazakh        6:30- 7:20 pm     Morse A202

Beginning Korean        7:00-  7:50 pm    Morse A201

Intermediate Arabic        7:00- 7:50 pm   Morse A101



Intermediate French      4:00- 4:50    Morse A200

Conversational  French  4:00-4:50    TBA



Beginning Chinese      9:00- 9:50 am      Morse A200

American Sign Language    2:00-2:50 pm      Morse A200

Intermediate Russian     4:00- 4:50 pm    Morse A200

All Levels Cantonese       5:00- 5:50 pm    Morse B107



Beginning French    11:00- 11:50 am   Morse B107

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Arabic 2/ intermediate/ class 2

السلام عليكم

كيف الحال؟ مراجعة للدرس الثاني

this is a short review of what we covered in our 2nd class on Friday:

 Numbers الارقام

1 واحد

2 اثنان

3 ثلاثة

4 اربعة

5 خمسة


7 سبعة

8 ثمانية

9 تسعة

10 عشرة

 the Present tense  الفعل المضارع

أ ن ي ت

أ / انا = (انا) اقرأ رواية

ن/ نحن = (نحن) نتكلم العربية

ت/ هي – انتَ = هي تذهب الى البيت/ انت تذهب الى السوق

ي/ هو = (هو) يكتب على اللوحة

بعض المفردات ومعانيها

يطير= fly


يتكلم = speak

يتعلم= learn

يستيقظ= get up/ wake up

شكرا . اراكم في الاسبوع القادم

the next week Inshallah we will continue with and practice the present tense and see if we will have time for alittle bit of future.

مع السلامة  

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