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Phrase of the week

lundi 10 juillet

‘Bonnes Vacances’

This phrase means Happy Holidays’

   It is pronounced ‘Bon Va-corns’


If any of you are visiting a French speaking country over the summer holidays please send a postcard to school addressed to Madame Allenby.  Any photos of you on holiday would be great too!

We will share any postcards and photos at the beginning of the new school year.


lundi 3 juillet

‘Pouvez-vous m’aider s’il vous plaît’

This means Can you help me please?’

It is pronounced ‘Poo-vay  voo may-day see voo play’


lundi 19 juin

‘Je peux emprunter ...?’

This phrase means Can I borrow...?

   It is pronounced ‘Jeuh peuh om-pron-tay ...’


lundi 12 juin

‘Je voudrais ...’

This phrase means I would like …’

                                                 It is pronounced ‘Jeuh voo-dray’


lundi 5 juin

‘Je peux aller aux toilettes s’il vous plaît’

This means Can I go to the toilet please?’

It is pronounced ‘Jeuh peuh allay oh twa-let see voo play’

This is obviously not a phrase that you would need at home but one that is very useful at school!


lundi 22 mai

‘Plus lentement s’il vous plaît’

This means ‘More slowly please

It is pronounced ‘Ploo lon-teuh-mon see voo play’


lundi 15 mai

‘Je sais’ and ‘Je ne sais pas’

These mean ‘I know’ and ‘I don’t know’

They are pronounced ‘Jeuh say’ and  ‘Jeuh neuh say pa’


lundi 8 mai

‘Je ne comprends pas’

This means ‘I don’t understand’

It is pronounced ‘Jeuh neuh com-pron pa’


mardi 2 mai

‘Répétez s’il vous plaît’

This means ‘Repeat please’

It is pronounced ‘Reh peh tay see voo play’


lundi 24 avril

J’ai oublié’

This means ‘I have forgotten’

It is pronounced ‘Jay oo-blee-ay’


lundi 3 avril

Joyeuses Pâques’

This means ‘Happy Easter’

It is pronounced ‘Jwhy ers Pack’


lundi 27 mars

Comment dit-on .... en anglais?’

This means ‘How do you say English?’

It is pronounced ‘Comm on deet on .... on on glay?


lundi 20 mars

Comment dit-on .... en français?’

This means ‘How do you say French?’

It is pronounced ‘Comm on deet on .... on fron say?’


lundi 13 mars


This means ‘difficult’

It is pronounced ‘diffiseal’

For example – ‘C’est difficile’ – ‘It’s difficult’

Exciting news!

The children at Robert Desnos school in Epinal have sent us two videos to introduce themselves.  You can watch them via the school website by clicking on ‘Children’ – ‘French’ – ‘French Club’.


lundi 6 mars


This means ‘easy’

It is pronounced ‘faseal’

For example – ‘C’est facile’ – ‘It’s easy’ or 'Ce n'est pas facile' - It's not easy


lundi 27 février

Ce n’est pas ...

This means ‘It isn’t ...’

It is pronounced ‘Seuh nay pa’

For example – ‘Ce n’est pas lundi, c’est mardi’ (It isn’t Monday, it’s Tuesday)


lundi 20 février

C’est ...

This means ‘It is ...’

It is pronounced ‘Seh’

We use it in our French lesson every week to start the date eg. ‘C’est lundi 20 février’  (It’s Monday 20th February).  The days of the week and months of the year do not begin with a capital letter in French.


lundi 6 février

As-tu soif / faim / froid / chaud ?

‘As-tu…?’ literally means ‘Have you …?  When used before the four words above we would say ‘Are you …? in English

For example – ‘As-tu froid?’ means ‘Are you cold?’

   ‘As-tu faim?’ means ‘Are you hungry?’

It is pronounced ‘A too’


lundi 30 janvier

J’ai chaud

Literally translated this phrase would be ‘I have hot’ but obviously we would say ‘I’m hot’

It is pronounced ‘jay show’

In the coming weeks we are going to be preparing some work to send to our link school in Epinal.  The theme of the work is ‘Selfie’ and will concentrate on giving personal information in French.  If you are able to take a ‘selfie’ at home PLUS a photo of you with your family it would add a more personal touch to your finished piece of written work.  You could either bring these photos in OR email them to me for me to print off at

Photos need to be brought into school or sent to me by Thursday 9th February please.


lundi 23 janvier

J’ai froid

Literally translated this phrase would be ‘I have cold’ but obviously we would say ‘I’m cold’

It is pronounced ‘jay fwa’.  


lundi 16 janvier

J’ai soif

Literally translated this phrase would be ‘I have thirst’ but obviously we would say ‘I’m thirsty’.

It is pronounced ‘jay swaf’


lundi 9 janvier

J’ai faim

Literally translated this phrase would be ‘I have hunger’ but obviously we would say ‘I’m hungry

It is pronounced ‘jay fam’


mercredi 4 janvier

Bonne Année

This phrase means ‘Happy New Year’

It is pronounced ‘bon annay’


lundi 12 décembre

Joyeux Noël

This phrase means ‘Happy Christmas’

It is pronounced ‘j-why-uh  no-el’



lundi 5 décembre


This phrase means ‘Excuse me’

It is pronounced ‘ex coo say mwa’


lundi 28 novembre

Pas de problème

This phrase means ‘no problem’.

It is pronounced ‘pa deuh prob lem’

The Loughborough Twinning Association have kindly established a contact for us with a primary school in Epinal.  It is hoped that this will be a much stronger link than the one with French Guiana.  The teacher in our ‘link school’ has already sent us some photos which have been added to a folder in the French section of the website (found by clicking on E Learning).  We have sent some photos back and hope to be hearing from them soon.


lundi 21 novembre

De rien

You would use this phrase to mean ‘No problem’ when someone thanks you for doing something for them.

It is pronounced ‘duh ree ann’


lundi 14 novembre


This means ‘Sorry’. 

It is pronounced ‘day so lay’.  The extra ‘e’ at the end of the word would be added if you are writing the word and you are female.  The word is still pronounced the same with the extra ‘e’.


lundi 7 novembre

A plus tard

This means ‘See you later’

It is pronounced ‘a ploo tar’


lundi 31 octobre


This means ‘Here it is’ or ‘There you go’.  You could use this word when you are handing or giving something to someone.

It is pronounced ‘vwa la’


lundi 24 octobre


You would use this to apologise to someone, for example if you had bumped into them or dropped something.  You can also use it to get someone’s attention

It is pronounced with emphasis on the ‘on’ at the end. 


lundi 10 octobre

A bientôt!’ which means ‘See you soon!’ 

It is pronounced ’a bee an toe’


lundi 3 octobre

s’il vous plaît’ and ‘s’il te plaît’ which both mean ‘please’. 

You would use ‘s’il vous plaît’ when speaking to someone formally, speaking to more than one person or speaking to elders.  You would use ‘s’il te plaît’ when speaking to friends or family.

They are pronounced ’see voo play’ and ‘see t play’.


lundi 26 septembre

merci’ which means ‘Thank you’.

It is pronounced mer-see’


lundi 19 septembre

Au revoir’ which means ‘Goodbye’.

It is pronounced Oh revwar’.  The ‘ar’ at the end of the word is the same as in ‘star


lundi 12 septembre


This phrase means Hello’

  It is pronounced ‘Bon-j-or’



Firstly, a big thank you to those of you who were lucky enough to go to France over the summer and who sent me a postcard.

In order to raise the profile of French across the school and build spoken confidence within the children we will be continuing our ‘phrase of the week’ in KS2.  For those of you new to KS2, this word or phrase is on display in each classroom and the aim is for us all to use it as much as possible, where appropriate.  It would be great if you could try to use the phrase of the week at home too!  If the children see language ‘in action’ it makes it much more worthwhile. 

Each week I will let you know the word or phrase for the coming week via the letter in your child’s Reading Journal, it can also be found on the school website under ELearning – French – Phrase of the Week.   For those of you in Year 4, 5 or 6 these phrases will be very familiar as you should recognise them from last year.  The intention is that by the end of Year 6 the children will leave Stonebow with a good phrase bank ready for their language learning at secondary school and to use if they travel to a French speaking country.

The phrase of the week starting Monday 5th September is ‘Salut!’ which means ‘Hi!’.  It is pronounced ‘Saloo!’


Madame Allenby