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User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Posted (13 years 5 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 997 times:

Hi,

I've got a French oral exam tomorrow, and I DESPERATELY need to know the French for 'I liked'.

Please help me as soon as possible!

Many thanks,
A desperate Jamie.

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User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 958 times:

J'ai aimé
Iain


User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4781 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 956 times:

Hehe...memorizing French verbs is a lot of fun  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

It should be j'ai aimé according to my knowledge, but maybe a native French speaker would be more helpful.


User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 952 times:

Considering my post was 2 minutes infront of yours, I think you are just copying me!  Big grin
Iain


User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 950 times:

Hopefully this won't get deleted  Sad
I'm no native speaker, so if I make a mistake, please correct me.

Yeah, the passé composé conjugation is as Iain said.

However, there are several past tenses in French.

For example, if it was something you liked over a period of time, you would use the imparfait form (j'aimais)


User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3629 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 949 times:

It is 'j’ai aimé'. What kind of orals do you have. Are they school orals or DELF orals for a diploma?

User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4781 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 946 times:

Or could it be passe simple?...argh....

Or my favourite type of verb. Passe futur proche  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineCfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 934 times:

I'm a native French Speaker (at least if you consider the French we speak in Switzerland as French  Wink/being sarcastic). "j’ai aimé" is correct. "J'aimais" can also work.

Charles


User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 932 times:

I was right, not bad for not taking French in many years!
Iain


User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 915 times:

Merci!

I have my GCSE oral, which is the exam I've studied for 11 years at school for (so it's pretty big!).

I'm scared.....!  Sad


User currently offlineEasy_fella From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 911 times:

Ok, so no matter what kind of scary s*** we've done in our lives, I'm sure that those of us who did French GCSE or the US equivalent will agree, the oral is the scariest thing in the world.

I consider myself to be a pretty brave guy, but the few hours before my French GCSE oral exam, I was a wreck. And then being the muppet I am, I went on to do French at A level, and then at uni. It doesn't get any easier!!

Sorry mate, not really too encouraging, but good luck anyway, it'll be over after 20 minutes, and the feeling you get afterwards...phew!!!!


User currently offlineIainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 902 times:

A good friend of mine is doing her GCSE's, and it seems she has studied more for this then all the studying I did in High School in the US.
Iain


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (13 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 888 times:

hmmm...I can't wait to take my SAT II in French later this year. I figure seeing as French is consistently my best class, it beats out the other options.

Bonne chance, Englandair

LH423



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User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 883 times:

Thanks again peoples!

I passed (hooooooorrrrrrrray).
She said I was very good!
They have to record my oral and send it off to an external examiner, so I don't know how well I did yet, but my teacher was impressed!

I'm so happy!!!!


User currently offlineTrvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 882 times:

Totally off the subject, but I would like to announce that I will be inducted into the French Honors society!!!lol. Anyways, to answer CPDC1030's remark, I think the passe simple is used mainly as a 'proper' way to say something in the past tense, and it is also common in stories.

LH423: I am also going to take the SAT II French exam this year. What French level are you in? Do you take the National French Exam (Grand Concours) each year?

Aaron G.


User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 870 times:

Congrats on getting into the Honor Society!

My teacher won't nominate anyone unless they are an "active participant" of the school French Club. He seems to be suffering from a reality disconnect. He told students in my class, "If you want to take French 4AP next year, why wouldn't you want to do the French Club as well?" As if we're not going to have enough work as it is next year!

Our school takes the National French Exam (or something of a similar name) each year. Does an 80 question, hour long multiple-choice exam sound about right?

My teacher told us we should feel absolutely no pressure about taking the test. He said that he would give anyone who scored better than 70 an automatic A+ on the semester French final. Oh sure, no big deal, no pressure at all!  Insane



User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 16, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 864 times:

Honour


EGGD


User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (13 years 5 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 861 times:

The passé simple is used mainly in works of literature and drama productions. I was just in France for 10 days and I didn't notice the passé simple in use at all. Mostly seemed to be the imparfait and rarely the passé composé for specific incidences in the past.

User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 18, posted (13 years 5 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 850 times:

Currently, I'm in French III, and I'm taking French IV next year. The reason I'm postponing my SAT II until next year, is because with PSATs, ACTs (coming up on Sat. morning), and SATs, and two huge papers, one due in a couple of weeks, the other due by 1 June, I have enough on my plate to worry about a French exam.

Also, my school does not participate in the exam. I guess something about the cost (something like $13-15 dollars) to take the test, just doesn't arouse much interest. In fact, I think I'm one of the few people that is taking a language because I feel it's an important asset. Most of the kids in my class are simply taking it to get the college requirement, and that's it. However, French IV is an honours class, so that's another reason to take it.

à bientôt,
LH423



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