Friday, 30 January 2009

Homework Pitfalls

Nowadays, I hate homework.

Specifically, testing Nic on her homework.

Even more specifically - her French homework!

Tonight it was CONDITIONNEL PRESENT and the CONDITIONNEL PASSE tenses of DRE verbs.

The sentence above should give you a hint - got it yet?!

The INFINITIF are given in capital letters, which means that the accents are missed off.

So when I say the infinitives, she looks puzzled. I then spell them, and she goes - Oh! You mean.......

Basically, Nic has to correct my mispronunciation before she can understand the question, in order to answer it!

Then we move on to the slightly different stresses between the AN and EN syllables.......

Laughing?! You are laughing?!

Well, try testing a native French speaker with these:

1. Infinitif = REPONDRE

What are the CONDITIONNEL PRESENT and the CONDITIONNEL PASSE ?

2. Infinitif = REPANDRE

What are the CONDITIONNEL PRESENT and the CONDITIONNEL PASSE ?


Smart-alecs!

PS
1 = j'répondrais, j'aurais répondu
2 = j'répandrais, j'aurais répandu


PPS
Just incase you are patting yourselves on the back, I chose the EASY ones to test you with!

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