Talking about abilities

Talking about abilities

Learning Objectives 

  • Verbe “faire” in the present tense
  • Talking about abilities and knowledge (“Pouvoir”, “savoir” and “connaître” in the present tense)

Supplemental resources: Phrases with “faire”

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Key Words & Phrases

Learn

“faire” in the present tense

“pouvoir” in the present tense

“connaître” in the present tense

“savoir” in the present tense

“savoir” vs “connaître”

“savoir” vs “connaître”

Lawless French: “faire”

Kwiziq: “pouvoir” in the present tense

Kwiziq: “savoir” in the present tense

Kwiziq: “connaître” in the present tense

Lawless French: “savoir” vs “connaître”

Watch

Learn French with Frencheezi: “faire” in the present tense

Français Immersion: “faire” in the present tense

Learn French with Alexa: “pouvoir” in the present tense

Français Immersion: “pouvoir” in the present tense

Learn French with Alexa: “Savoir” vs“Connaître”

Read

ClozeMaster: “faire”

Lawless French: “pouvoir”

Lawless French: “savoir”

Take Lessons: “savoir” vs “connaître”

Lawless French: “Faire” expressions

Learn French with Alexa: 50 useful phrases with “faire”

Practice

To learn French: Quiz on “faire”

To learn French: Quiz on “pouvoir”

Softschools: Quiz on “savoir” and “connaître”

To learn French: Quiz on “savoir” and “connaître”

To learn French: Conjugation of “savoir” and “connaître”

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

Antoine, your French pen pal, has written a message about what he does on weekends and some of his hobbies. As usual, he has also asked you lots of questions! Write him back, trying to use the verbs you just learned, in the present tense.

 

Le week-end, généralement, je ne fais pas grand chose. Je fais parfois du shopping. Le samedi soir, j’aime faire à manger. Je ne sais pas très bien cuisiner et je ne connais pas beaucoup de recettes alors je fais des recherches sur Internet ! Je voudrais savoir faire de beaux gâteaux, avec des décorations. Et toi, tu sais cuisiner ? Tu connais de bonnes recettes ? Sinon, tu aimes faire quoi dans ton temps libre ? Est-ce que tu sais danser, chanter, jouer d’un instrument de musique ? Moi, je ne sais ni danser ni chanter, mais je sais jouer de la guitare. Je peux jouer quelques chansons populaires avec ma guitare. Le week-end, j’aime lire, regarder des films ou jouer aux jeux vidéo. Est-ce que tu connais des livres, des films ou des jeux vidéo intéressants ? 

A bientôt !

Antoine

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

Partner Speaking Exercise:

  • In turn with your French-speaking partner, say a sentence about one of your habits or abilities, using one of the verbs we learned (“faire”, “pouvoir”, “savoir” or “connaître”); then ask your partner “et toi ?”. Your partner will respond with a statement or negation, and ask a different question.
  • You can use “mais” but and “et” to link the sentences together, as in the example below.

You: “Je sais conduire. Et toi ?”

Your partner: “Je ne sais pas conduire, mais je sais faire du roller. Et toi ?”

You: “Je sais aussi faire du roller. Et je peux dessiner les yeux fermés. Et toi ?”  

Your partner: “Non, je ne sais pas dessiner, mais je fais la vaisselle les yeux fermés, parfois ! Et toi ?”

Independent Speaking Exercise:

Find at least two things you can do, two things you know how to do, and two things you know about and list them out loud.

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

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