Verbs to report speech
Lawless French: introduction to the indirect speech
La Conjugaison – NouvelObs: the reported speech
Le FLE pour les curieux: reported speech in the present tense
CoLanguage: Reported speech
Learn French with Pascal: indirect speech with questions
Learn French with Vincent: changes of pronouns in the indirect speech (from 03.47)
Emel Sur: indirect speech in the present tense
Le français pour tous: verbs for reported speech
Lingolia: indirect questions
ThoughtCo: indirect speech
Le Web Pédagogique: list of verbs for indirect speech
To learn French: direct or indirect speech?
To learn French: practice the indirect speech (qui, ce qui, ce que)
To learn French: practice the indirect speech (si, s’, que, qu’)
Français chez moi: practice questions in the indirect speech
To learn French: practice pronouns in the indirect speech
To learn French: practice commands in the indirect speech
Using one of the recommended resources to get writing feedback, respond to the prompt below.
Find out whether the sentences below are in the direct or indirect form. Then, rewrite the sentences, changing the form – as per the example.
Elle explique : “Ce traitement me change la vie.”
This is: direct speech.
Turn it into the other form: Elle explique que ce traitement lui change la vie.
Using one of the platforms for finding a tutor or language exchange partner, practice the speaking activities below.
Partner Speaking Exercise:
This game is based on “Jacques a dit” (“Simon says”, in English), which you might already be familiar with if you did the game proposed in Lesson 32 (The imperative).
In this version of the game, your partner and yourself are going to ask each other questions and give each other commands in the present tense. The catch? You and your partner must only do what the other says and answer their questions if they have used the indirect speech!
Comment ça va? (you can’t answer!)
Je te demande : “Comment ça va ?”. (you can’t answer!)
Je te demande si ça va. (here, this is indirect speech so you must answer)
Je t’ordonne : “lève ton bras gauche !”. (you can’t do anything!)
Je t’ordonne de lever ton bras gauche. (this is indirect speech so you must raise your left arm)
Independent Speaking Exercise:
Example: Chloé demande à Vincent ce qu’il regarde.