A Christmas Carol

Read and listen to this bilingual version of Charles Dickens's classic "A Christmas Carol," adapted and translated for beginning (A1) French students. Click any French phrase to see the English translation as well as links to lessons on the relevant grammar, then take a look at our other Christmas content.

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Q&A Forum 14 questions, 18 answers

Un lit à baldaquins??

Why the word 'baldaquin' is in its plural form?

I looked up in the dictionary, but I could only find the phrase 'un lit à baldaquin', without an 's'.

Asked 2 weeks ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Thanks Lucy for pointing out this  typo, it has now been corrected, 

Un lit à baldaquins??

Why the word 'baldaquin' is in its plural form?

I looked up in the dictionary, but I could only find the phrase 'un lit à baldaquin', without an 's'.

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il regarde "de" chaque côté de la pièce. Why is there a 'de' in front of 'chaque'?

Asked 1 month ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

Regarder de chaque côté means to look at all sides. It's idiomatic. There's another common construction à y regarder de près -- looking at it close up.

 

Thank you Chris. 

If we want to say: look at every corner, should we say 'regarder de chaque coin' or 'regarder chaque coin'?

You'd say regarder chaque coin.

il regarde "de" chaque côté de la pièce. Why is there a 'de' in front of 'chaque'?

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Vraiment !!

C'est pour A1, vraiment ?

Si c'est A1, je n'ai pas de chance a l'epreuve de B2 dans 4 mois.

Meme si j'ai reussi  a A2 il y a 2 mois.

Asked 1 month ago

Vraiment !!

C'est pour A1, vraiment ?

Si c'est A1, je n'ai pas de chance a l'epreuve de B2 dans 4 mois.

Meme si j'ai reussi  a A2 il y a 2 mois.

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quelle bonne idée !! merci à tous chez kwiziq, c'était super

Asked 3 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Merci de votre gentil commentaire, Sara .....

quelle bonne idée !! merci à tous chez kwiziq, c'était super

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pourquoi, il parlent vite

Asked 3 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Christine,

When you are learning a new language you often get the impression that people speak very quickly, however a lot of the audio material offered is often much slower than the real speed native speakers speak at. 

It is just a question of listening to these passages many times and sooner or later you will start understanding more and more.

Listening skills are the hardest skills to acquire in my opinion but perseverance is key.

Hope this helps!

pourquoi, il parlent vite

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CB1

Cet exercice est vraiment excellent! Particulierement les traductions pour chaque phrase! Mais ce que je ne comprends pas c'est pourquoi on a dit ,"

'le cote droit' mais le mur de droite (avec un 'e' bien que le mur est un nom masculin)?. Pardonnez maid le keyboard n'a pas d'accents francais.

Asked 3 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi C,

 In -

'le côté droit' 'droit' is an adjective and will agree with the noun 'côté'.

In -

'le mur de droite' , 'de droite' is an adverbial phrase which means 'on your right'.

Hope this helps!

CB1

OK! Got it! Thanks. But now I must try to use it!

Cet exercice est vraiment excellent! Particulierement les traductions pour chaque phrase! Mais ce que je ne comprends pas c'est pourquoi on a dit ,"

'le cote droit' mais le mur de droite (avec un 'e' bien que le mur est un nom masculin)?. Pardonnez maid le keyboard n'a pas d'accents francais.

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C'était un très bon idée cette exercice. J'aime les exercices d'écouter ??

Asked 4 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Merci Christine, j’aime aussi les  exercices d’écoute de Kwiziq....

C'était un très bon idée cette exercice. J'aime les exercices d'écouter ??

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l'exercise était très bon..ou bien??

Asked 5 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Melissa,

You would say -

‘C'était un très bon exercice’

 

 

Merci beaucoup Kwiziq!

l'exercise était très bon..ou bien??

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La peur de Scrooge est très drôle.

Asked 6 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Effectivement....

La peur de Scrooge est très drôle.

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It was read too quickly, hardly could keep up. But a great story, thank you.

Asked 7 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super star

Merci, Mary!

It was read too quickly, hardly could keep up. But a great story, thank you.

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Où est le reste de l’histoire ? J’ai grand'envie de le lire.

Asked 7 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Reginald,

Ce serait peut-être une bonne idée de vous procurer le livre de Dickens en français ?

Il s'appelle 'Le cantique de Noël' et doit exister sur les sites de vente de livres en ligne ...

Merci bien pour votre rapide response. Je viens de l’acheter chez Amazon et je le trouve très facile à lire et à comprendre.  Mais avant plus d’ans dont je veux me rappeler (can one really say that in French?) ma mère nous a lu la cantique chaque Christmas Eve pendant je ne sais combien d’ans, et ça reste en mémoire après n’importe combien d’ans. Merci encore une fois.

Où est le reste de l’histoire ? J’ai grand'envie de le lire.

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Merci J adore le text - es ce que c est possible d avoir le text en anglais aussi

Asked 7 months ago
GruffKwiziq language super star

Hi Margaret, as with any of our bilingual reader articles, you can click any phrase to see the English, along with related grammar topics which you can add to your notebook(s) if you want to practise them later. Hope that helps!

Merci J adore le text - es ce que c est possible d avoir le text en anglais aussi

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J'aime beaucoup quand vous avez des textes littéraires. Plus, s'il vous plaît!

Asked 7 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Merci Ana, je passerai votre commentaire...

J'aime beaucoup quand vous avez des textes littéraires. Plus, s'il vous plaît!

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J'ai ne pas des questions mais j'aime le content! Please excuse my French!

Asked 7 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Merci, Patricia pour votre gentille remarque sur le contenu....

J'ai ne pas des questions mais j'aime le content! Please excuse my French!

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