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Anyway I’m here now to tell you that:

Moving to Paris

 

1) I’M MOVING TO PARIS, IT’S OFFICIAL, I (finally) HAVE AN ADDRESS YEEEES!!!

2) Because I see every event as an excuse to learn something new, I’m going to use this super exciting move as an opportunity to teach you some French vocabulary and a few grammar rules, all with reference to moving to Paris!

 

Here’s what we’re about to cover:

 

1- Two verbs: déménager vs emménager

2- Weird adverb… mmmmh I wonder which one?

3- Conjugation: How do I choose between imparfait & passé composé?

4- Vocabulary, slang, & synonyms

… again, all of the above with reference to moving to Paris!

 

1- Two verbs: déménager vs emménager

Moving to Paris

 

We’ll begin with 2 verbs that most people get wrong, or don’t even realize that they are 2 verbs that are not interchangeable.

 

Déménager means to move out.

 

Emménager means to move in.

 

Déménager / emménager. Same idea, opposite perspectives. They’re both 1st group verbs so they’re regular, as easy as French conjugation gets. What does that mean? The root of the verb never changes, you just need to learn every single ending by heart. For instance:

 

Je déménage de Pélussin et nous emménageons dans notre nouvel appartement à Paris.

I’m moving out of Pélussin and we are moving in our new apartment in Paris.

 

In French it is the prefix that changes the meaning of the verb.

-ménager = out VS Em-ménager = in.

 

The common root you can see in these 2 verbs is the word ménage. Ménage comes from the word maison, which means a house, a home. In English ménage means the members of a household.

– You may have also heard the expression faire le ménage, which means to do the housework.

Je fais le ménage tous les jours = I do the housework every day

 

Or, if you’re slightly less anal you could say: Je fais le ménage une fois par semaine = I do the housework once a week.

 

There is also the word une ménagerie which originally represents a collection of wild animals put together and then more figuratively a funny group of people and or animals. For instance, when my friend Laurent takes care of my dogs and given the fact that he also has one dog and one cat, I send him a text message, un texto, and I ask him: “Salut Laurent, comment va la joyeuse ménagerie aujourd’hui?”

 

Another word built from ménage is ménagère and that is a woman who takes care of her house.

 

And finally, if nothing I’ve just explained helps you remember our two verbs déménager et emménager, how about the expression ménage à trois? I’m sure you know this one. Same word! Ménage remember represents the number of people in a household. You’re moving your household out or you’re moving your household in. I leave it up to you to decide how many people that is 😉

 

2- Weird adverb… mmmmh I wonder which one?

Moving to Paris

 

Ok now let’s have a look at another typical mistake that people make with the adverb depuis, which means since. I’m going to give you the same sentence in French and in English and you’ll notice the tense changes.

 

Je cherche un appart depuis le mois de mai. (yes in French we like to cut words in half so appartement becomes appart)

I’ve been looking for an apartment in Paris since the month of May.

Notice that je cherche is the present tense. In English however, we use a past tense.

 

Do you see how the 2 languages express the same thing but from a completely different perspective? In French we focus on the fact that it’s still true today, I’m still looking for an apartment today even though I started in May, while in English I focus solely on the fact that I began searching in May, in the past. These little details show the important differences in mentalities between various languages, which I find fascinating.

 

Take expressions that use le verbe avoir – to have – in French, when in English we’d use le verbe être – to be:

For example: in English you are your age, I am 20, I am 30, I am 40 etc. In French you have your age, you just have it yet it doesn’t define you, it’s not who you are, which feels a little more freeing, I guess. Saying that, I’ve just come up with a new rule, every time someone asks how old I am I systematically answer 10 years younger. When people believe me, it makes me happy! Ooooh la vanité 😉

More seriously in French we say J’ai 20 ans, j’ai 30 ans, j’ai 40 ans, I have 20 years (don’t forget to add the word “ans”, otherwise it means nothing, you have 20… 20 what? glasses?? socks??? dogs???? years! You have 20 years! You have 30 years. You have 40 years, etc.

 

3- Conjugation: How do I choose between imparfait & passé composé?

passé composé imparfait

 

These days one specific question keeps coming back from my private students so I thought I would add it here too: the difference between the main two past tenses in French l’imparfait et le passé composé. When do I use the imparfait? When do I use the passé composé?

 

I actually have a video dedicated to this topic called “Imparfait or Passé Composé? How to choose?” A general easy rule is imparfait takes time, it’s the background action, it’s descriptive.

 

In English look for:

– The ING form: I was eating. I was reading. I was running

– USED TO: I used to make that mistake. I used to go to bed early.

 

It implies you did many times, it implies repetition, it implies it took tiiiiime. That’s the imparfait.

Je cherchais un appart à Paris = I was looking for an apartment in Paris. I used to look, I looked and I looked and I looked and it took time! Je cherchais = imparfait.

When I was a child in France our classrooms were covered in chronology posters: Roman empire, la Renaissance, la révolution française, etc. Years. Decades. Centuries = imparfait. Until passé composé hits with some specific actions! Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44BC! Copernicus discovered heliocentrism in 1514! Louis XVI was beheaded in 1793!

 

To go back to my moving to Paris example:

Je cherchais un appartement à Paris (imparfait, it took a long time) que j’ai trouvé vendredi dernier (passé composé, I found it last Friday)

 

You see?

 

4- Vocabulary, slang, & synonyms

Moving to Paris

 

Finally here are some fun little words and expressions to say: “C’est pas facile de trouver l’appartement parfait à Paris!” It’s not easy finding the perfect apartment in Paris! 

 

Notice by the way how I said c’est pas facile instead of ce n’est pas facile. You can do this, you can drop the ne from the ne pas. Personally I prefer the ne, but I’m also a bit of a snob 😉 and most people tend to drop it and you want to know how French people tend to speak!

 

C’est pas facile! How else could you express this same idea?

C’est pas commode!

C’est pas aisé!

C’est pas simple!

C’est complexe!

C’est dur!

C’est difficile!

C’est compliqué!

And in a bit of a slangy way:

C’est chaud! (yes that means it’s not easy)

C’est hard!

C’est balaise!

(Of course you know I’m pronouncing all these in this week’s video so watch it!)

 

And that’s it for now, that’s plenty of information! I showed you the difference between déménager & emménager, we looked at depuis and how it’s used in the present tense in French, I explained the main difference between imparfait and passé composé, and I gave you 10 ways to say it’s not easy, c’est pas facile.

 

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