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Language Lesson : Week 13

August 12, 2009

82. Learn 2 new French words and 1 French idiom a week (13/143) (more info)

83. Learn 2 new ASL signs a week (13/143) (more info)

French Vocab:

livre (n. m) – book : I read the entire book. – J’ai lu le livre entier.

lire – (v. conjugate)– read : Do you read often? – Lisez-vous souvent?

French Idiom

à la côte – on the rocks; in difficulty; in trouble (lit.: at the edge)

ASL vocab

book – Both hands begin open with palms together. The hands seperate at the thumbs and openning much like a book. (video)

read – The right V-hand moves down the open palm of the left hand as it jiggles back and forth slightly. (video)

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Stacey permalink
    August 12, 2009 4:27 pm

    I love this blog post every week, because one of my goals is to learn French, thanks for the help lol!

    • taraSG permalink
      August 12, 2009 4:30 pm

      Glad to help! Feel free to suggest words or phrases :)

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    August 12, 2009 5:49 pm

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  3. Chère permalink
    August 13, 2009 11:57 am

    On a reading kick, I see :) Just a note, if you’re saying I read (past tense), it’d be “j’ai lu”, but if you’re in the present tense you’re fine. That’s the problem with reading the word read…you can’t tell from the pronunciation what tense it’s in!

    • taraSG permalink
      August 13, 2009 12:40 pm

      More on a book collecting kick so I can continue to have more books that I own and haven’t read lol

      I noticed that but didn’t take the time to fix it. The sentence definitely would make more sense in the past tense :) Thank you!

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