Describing your home and surroundings

Describing your home and surroundings

Learning Objectives 

  • Be able to use the impersonal phrase “il y a”
  • Be able to indicate position and describe surroundings
  • Learn the prepositions of place

Supplemental resources: more vocabulary about the house

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Key Words & Phrases

  • Il y a 
  • Chez moi, chez toi, chez le dentiste, chez l’avocat…
  • En haut ≠ en bas
  • À gauche ≠ à droite
  • dessus ≠ dessous
  • au-dessus de ≠ en dessous de
  • sur ≠ sous
  • près de ≠ loin de
  • devant ≠ derrière
  • à côté de
  • en face de
  • entre 
  • au fond (de)
  • dedans ≠ dehors
  • à l’intérieur ≠ à l’extérieur
  • Au rez de chaussée
  • Au premier étage, au deuxième étage…
  • Au dernier étage

Learn

“il y a”

prepositions of place

prepositions of place

rooms of the house

Lawless French: “il y a”

French à la folie: prepositions of places

FrenchToday: vocabulary of the house

Watch

FrancoTube: “il y a”

YouLearnFrench: rooms of the house

Learn French with Alexa: objects in the house

Learn French with Alexa: furniture in the house

Read

ThoughtCo: il y a

Lawless French: prepositions of place

Lawless French: home and furniture

Français immersion: Rooms of the house, la cuisine

Français immersion: Rooms of the house, la salle de bains

Français immersion: Rooms of the house, la chambre

Français immersion: Rooms of the house, la salle à manger

Français immersion: Rooms of the house, le salon

Français immersion: Rooms of the house, la cave

Français immersion: Rooms of the house, le couloir

Practice

To learn French: practice prepositions of place

To learn French: vocabulary of the house

Saberfrances.com: Word search with vocabulary of the house

Using one of the recommended resources to get writing feedback, respond to the prompt below. 

  • “Ma maison idéale”

Write a short paragraph describing your ideal home: floors, rooms, and a few details about layout. Use “il y a” and prepositions of place.

Using one of the platforms for finding a tutor or language exchange partner, practice the speaking activities below. 

Partner Speaking Exercise:

  • Pick a few common, everyday objects, and ask your partner where they usually keep those in their home. Then, have your partner ask you where you keep common, everyday objects.

Example: – Où gardes-tu le dentifrice ?

Le dentifrice est dans le placard de la salle de bains, sur l’étagère du milieu, à côté des brosses à dents.

Independent Speaking Exercise:

Choose a room in your home, or in someone else’s home and describe it with as much detail as possible (colors, furniture, objects…). Use “il y a” and prepositions of place.

You can find instructions and a download link in our flashcards module

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