Wow. 18 mai. La dernière semaine

Consider yourself a movie expert?  This past weekend would have been the Cannes International Film Festival in France, but of course, things are not normal this year.  See this link to learn about the 44 most important French films and for 10 points, leave a comment about which one you would be most interested in seeing (and why).  En anglais.  (Five extra credit points if you can do it in French).

12 mai Work this Week and Zoom Meetings

Today’s Zoom meeting is at NOON – (I have training at 11:00 and need to push us back).

For work this week, please look at Flipgrid and Duolinguo.  I’ve assigned two speaking assignments in Flipgrid and new assignments in Duolinguo.

Please take this week to turn in any assignments from previous weeks that you do not see credit for in Synergy!!

Email me with any questions or concerns.  Bonne santée!

5 mai Le Partitif

Today on Zoom, we prepared crêpes – Aujourd’hui à Zoom, on a préparé des crêpes.  The texas tex link at the bottom of this entry includes a paragraph that hints at the history of the crêpe!

To earn ten points, respond by uploading a video onto Flipgrid (see link in Clever; use your tusd email account to access or use

You might want to study the lesson at the Texas Tex link below before you respond:)

In English, we do not need articles.  We just say « I like bread. »  In French, we must use the article « le » – J‘aime le pain.  

In English, the word « some » is not mandatory.  We can say, « I want bread. »  But in French we MUST say, I would like some bread. Je voudrais DU pain.  (Because we do not want ALL of the bread in the world, we only want ‘part’ of it – le partitif = some; and we say Je voudrais, I woud like, because we are not rude).  I have taught this, but want to review:   The way to say some is to add the following two things together:

de + le = du; de + la = de la; de + l’ = de l’ and de + les = des.  To see a lesson and get some practice with the partitif, see Texas Tex at:

4 mai lundi – le travail pour la semaine

See this video:

To earn 10 points for this assignment, watch the video and « leave a comment »: What are the ingredients (in French) to make crepes?

Cette semaine, nous allons cuisiner (cook) des crèpes.   Nous allons les préparer dans ma cuinsine via Zoom à mardi!  (I’m using the recipe above !)

  1. La cuisine: ce mot a beaucoup de définitions!  (the kitchen, the type of food, the type of cooking)
  2. cuisiner (v) – to cook
  3. le cuisinier (cook, m) et la cuisinière (cook, f)   Also: cuisinière électrique (electric cooker)
  4. Also used for « to cook » – pépare

Duolinguo assignment is uploaded.  Use Clever to access (ten points).

See this for history of crepes:

ALSO – TV5 website has this fun exercises in Apprendre « to learn » section.  Watch this video, read the transcript and do the exercise to learn some vocabulary for food, cooking and eating –  (send me and email with your « score » to earn five points)


27 avril – travail pour la semaine

SEE LALIYAH’s amazing poem in comment section!!!

French (and English) cognate of the week (be careful, HarperCollins is giving us English pronciation – come to Zoom to hear the French):

insensible  [ɪnˈsɛnsəbəl  ADJECTIVE  1.  (unaware) insensible = to be insensible to sth [pain, cold] être insensible à qch; to be insensible of sth être insensible à qch; She seemed wholly insensible of the honour done to her. Elle semblait totalement insensible à l’honneur qui lui était fait.   2.  (unconscious) insensible 


I hope you enjoy the poem below.  At our zoom meeting on Friday, we brought lines from poetry or song that speak to us in this crazy time.  This week, WE are going to work on writing poetry in English and French — or Spanish or Arabic, or any two languges that you know (or are working on knowing)!  See below for what I copied off of FB to use as an example. Write your own in a similar style. I will be posting my poem and the poems uploaded (submitted here, leave a comment) by other students as the week progresses.   ALSO, I’ve posted new Duolinguo lessons, and let me know how Lyricstraining is working for you!  BTW, has anyone tried by flipgrid project (see Clever for link).  See you tomorrow on Zoom, 11:00!

A former colleague from Sabino sent me a FB post by a canadian writer.  I’m copying it here, but feel free to look up John Oughton – he has some great photographs and verse on his page!

(photo credit John Oughton)   « You know you’ve been home too long when you start inventing new poetry forms based on official language policies. Be that as it may, the franglo is a tribute to Canada’s two official languages. It’s like a ghazal that switches linguistic horses mid-stanza.You’re welcome to composer un tel poème if you want. The rules are simple:
1. In couplets
2. Alternating lines are in English, then French.
3. The last line is a single word which must work in both languages.


I self define in self isolation
Je suis une île sans mer

My hair grows like a data cloud
Mon silence est riche et mystérieux

On the street, I avoid others
parce que tout le monde pourrait être dangereux

until tested otherwise
Hypocrite lecteur! Mon infecteur!

The moon watches all,
insensible. »


20 avril – à Versailles et Duolinguo

Aujourd’hui, on voyage à la palais de Versaille.  Regarder le vidéo, dites-moi ce que tu as appris (learned).  Fr02 answer in English, Fr04 repondre en français.


aussi – Versailles was stinky:

DUOLINGUO – the district has put some safety precautions into effect.  You will have to use Clever and your TUSD email to access both Duolinguo and Zoom.  Go to Clever, click the links and authenticate your account by using (or setting up a new) account with TUSD email.  Merci!  email me at if you have any questions. Remember, Duolinguo assignments for credit (if you’re pulling up your grade) and Zoom meetigs on Tuesday at 11:00 and Friday at noon.