Welcome to this video. If you are here, it means that you want to learn French or to progress in French. I think you'll like this video a lot, especially if you're a beginner in French and need to be reassured.
In this video, I'm going to give you a test to show you that French is a really easy language. You may not know it, but between English and French, there are over 20,000 words that are very similar.
20,000 words that are almost the same, you heard me right. I know that when you start learning a new language, it can be a little scary. You can quickly feel overwhelmed by the number of things to learn. Whether it's grammar, conjugation or vocabulary, it can seem like a lot.
However, there are many similarities between French and other languages, especially between French and English. There are many more similarities than you might think. If your language is English or if you speak English, you have a lot more French skills than you think and I'm going to prove it to you right now.
We will do a test together.
So let me explain, it's a very simple game. I'm going to give you ten sentences, ten sentences in French, and each time I'll give you a few seconds to guess what they mean. You'll see, even if you're a beginner, I'm sure that you'll almost all do ten out of ten. So I say bravo to you already!
To do this test, I used this book, I'll tell you about it later. Kill the French. Let's start the little test right away.
Sentence One. This restaurant accepts credit cards. I'll give you a few seconds to understand what that means. I'll show you the English translation. You see, there are a lot of similar words. Normally, you should have understood it.
Second sentence. I invite my parents and cousins over for dinner. Again, you see, this is very close to English. I'm sure by now you have two for two.
Third sentence. The journalist is interviewing the President of the Republic. And here is the English translation that appears.
I plant carrots, tomatoes and salads. In English.
Olivia loves chocolate desserts. You see in English, it's very close. The verb "to adore" also exists in English. I'm just going to take a little break from this test to tell you about this book. This book is called Kill the French. In this book, you will find stories written with a lot of transparent words, so words that are similar or very close between English and French.
With these transparent words, you will learn a lot of French vocabulary. It's much easier to learn and remember vocabulary words when you learn them in context than if you study lists and vocabulary lists, you might remember the words at the time, but then you'll forget them. I'm going to show you a little bit about how that works. So obviously, these are stories from everyday life or stories that are about current events.
Because the objective of this book is to learn more than 500 words that are found in everyday French vocabulary. So for example, here, story number fourteen. My yoga teacher is amazing.
When you read the story, you see, there are really similar words between French and English that allow you to understand and learn other more complicated words.
In the description of the video, I'm going to put a link to this book so that you can easily find it on Amazon. I will also put a link in the description to a PDF that contains more than 1000 words that are similar between French and English. The author of this book wanted to offer this gift to the entire Hellofrench community.
Let's resume our test right away, the break is over.
Sixth sentence. My assistant photocopies the contract. You see, in English, it's almost the same thing.
Joseph imagines a future without conflict and pollution. I'll give you a few seconds to think about it. Here is the English translation. I'm sure you were very close.
Next sentence to understand. Paul admires the creativity of this artist.
I dance tango with my teacher.
And last sentence of this test. I visit the zoo and the opera in Berlin.
And that's it, this test is over. Tell me in the comments how many out of ten you got.
I hope you enjoyed this video, that you could see that French is not so complicated.
I put in the description a link to the book "Kill The French" and as promised, I also put a PDF where you can find 1000 transparent words between English and French.
See you soon for a new video.