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Life and living

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In this unit you will learn many nouns concerning everyday life from daily activitiesto common health issues. Since French nouns (for people as well as things) can be either masculine or feminine in gender and singular or plural in number,it is necessary to know a few generalities about the gender and number of nouns and the appropriate articles that precede them.

Le genre et le nombre des noms (Gender andnumber of nouns)
As there is no logical explanation for the gender of objects or things, they simplyhave to be memorized as being masculine or feminine. Nouns that describe people,however, generally match the person’s gender. People of the male sex are masculine.The singular masculine noun is preceded by a masculine article such as le,unandce.
 le/un/ce facteur the/a/thismail carrier

  People of the female sex are feminine, except for those few professions that were traditionally male professions, such asle professeur (the teacher, the professor—male or female). However, this rule is oft…

People

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In this unit you will learn some frequently used words and phrases concerning family, friends, relationships, human characteristics, and common occupations. You will learn to recognize, name, and describe signifi cant affective moments in life and essential people such as family members, friends, and people performing distinct roles in the community.

La famille(Family)
In France the minimum age for getting married is fifteen for a woman and eighteen for a man. The average number of children per family is 1.86. Most young people are educated near their homes. They do not leave home when they go to college but often stay home (à la maison) until they get married. French family
members therefore tend to remain in close contact.

 la bru                           daughter-in-law       
 le cousin, la cousine     cousin                     
 le demi-frère                 half-brother            
 la demi-soeur                half-sister               
 la famille                       relatives����…