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Easy French Practice

Learn French Cooking Vocabulary With The Sims – Video

Camille Chevalier-Karfis By Camille Chevalier-Karfis on November 14, 2016
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I used the popular videogame the Sims to produce this short and fun video featuring a story about cooking. Learn French vocabulary and grammar about food and cooking in context and have fun along the way.

And now, let’s see a goofy video featuring the French vocabulary about cooking, and using The Sims 4. In this video, I gently made fun of my husband Olivier’s cooking skills.

I am only kidding: Olivier is actually a fantastic cook and shared many French cooking recipes and techniques on this blog.

Note that our daughter Leyla did the Sims family for us… quite funny to see how slim and young she sees us!!

Before you watch the video, I suggest you first study the French verbs we use to say to cook in French… It’s a bit complicated! This is also a good time to review the use of partitive articles in French, as well as the French pronoun “on”.

Scroll to the End for the video featuring the Sims.

You will also find the French transcript and English translation: this is a good opportunity for you to make French flashcards with all the cooking vocabulary included in this video.

1 – How To Use This Video To Learn French

Low Intermediate & Above

Essential French Dialogs


I suggest you:

  1. first look at the video a couple of times, without using the transcript.
  2. Try to see how much you can guess of vocabulary.
  3. Then, look at the French transcript. Does it make more sense ? Can you guess the English meaning?
  4. Then, look at the translation and make French flashcards with the new words of vocabulary, new French expressions.
  5. Memorize the vocabulary.
  6. In the next couple of days, view the video again and again until you understand every single word without having to look at the transcript.

You can also:

  1. pause the audio, and repeat after me out-loud.
  2. Or mute the audio, and describe what he is doing by yourself to check how much vocabulary you actually can use.

These are great activities for teachers to do in the classroom as well.

2 – French Transcript and English Translation of the Video

You’ll notice that in this video, I used modern French pronunciation: I’ve applied common glidings (such as not saying the “ne” part of the negation): this is French like we speak it today, as featured in all of French Today’s audiobooks!

Aujourd’hui on va apprendre  Ă  cuisiner en français avec Olivier.
Today, we’re going to learn how to cook in French with Olivier.

Alors, Olivier va nous préparer des croque-monsieurs.
So, Olivier is going to cook ham and cheese sandwiches for us.

Il a sorti du pain, et il a sorti une poĂȘle, il retourne ses croque-monsieurs
 il faut mettre de l’huile, du sel, voilĂ , trĂšs bien
 Mais qu’est-ce qui se passe ? Qu’est-ce qui se passe lĂ  ? Oh la la, au secours ! Au secours ! C’est l’incendie ! Quelle horreur !
He took out some bread, he took out a frying pan, he is turning the sandwiches over… You must add some oil, some salt, here you go, well done… But, what is going on here? Oh My… Help! Help! There is a fire! How awful!

Bon, tout va bien. Finalement, ce n’était pas trop grave. On a changĂ© le four et voilĂ , Olivier recommence Ă  faire des croque-monsieurs.
Ok, it’s all good. It turned out to be not so serious. They changed the oven and here we are, Olivier is starting to prepare ham and cheese sandwiches again.

Il a mis une poĂȘle, il met le pain dedans, il faut mettre de l’huile : pas trop d’huile Olivier ! Retourner le pain : voilĂ  l’huile, le sel – trĂšs bien
 Ça se passe plutĂŽt bien, encore du
 Oh! (rires) Ooops ! Non, lĂ , ça (ne) pas Olivier : ça (ne) va pas ĂȘtre bon ! Berk !! Moi, je ne mange pas ça ! Allez, Olivier, ce (n’) est pas possible
 On le jette ! DĂ©solĂ©e

He sets out a frying pan, he puts bread in it, you must put some oil: not too much oil Oliver! Turn the bread over: here is the oil, the salt – well done… It’s all going rather well, more… Oh! (laugh) Ooops! No, it’s just not possible Olivier: it’s not going to taste good! Yuck!! I’m not eating that! Come on Olivier, it’s not possible… Let’s throw it away! Sorry…

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Allez, on recommence. Cette fois-ci on va faire
 voilà: quelque chose de plus simple : une salade.
Come on, let’s start over. This time, we’ll make… here we go: something simpler: a salad.

Olivier met les lĂ©gumes sur une planche et
 il se coupe ! Il faut faire attention avec le couteau ! Non !! Il casse la bouteille et il se coupe encore ! N’importe quoi Olivier ! Attention avec le couteau
 VoilĂ  : il faut couper doucement.
Olivier puts the vegetables on a cutting board and… he cuts his finger! You have to be careful with the knife! No!! He breaks the bottle and cuts himself again! Non-sense Olivier! Watch out with the knife… Here you go: you need to cut slowly.

 qu’est-ce que tu fais ? Le doigt dans l’oreille ? Oh non
. C’est dĂ©goĂ»tant ! Il remue la salade avec ses mains alors qu’il a mis son doigt dans l’oreille. Ah la la Olivier : tu as des progrĂšs Ă  faire en cuisine.
But… what are you doing? The finger in the ear? Oh no… It’s disgusting! He is mixing the salad with his hands after he put his finger in his ear. Well Olivier: you need to better your cooking skills.

Bon, allez, on continue. On va prĂ©parer des macaronis au fromage. Tiens ! VoilĂ  Camille. Elle fait la vaisselle. Alors : Olivier a sorti une casserole. Il mĂ©lange la prĂ©paration avec une grande cuillĂšre en bois, il met du sel
 Qu’est-ce que fait Camille ? Elle ne va pas faire des pompes ?! Et si !! Voila ! Les Sims sont fous

Ok, let’s keep going. He’s going to prepare Macaronis with cheese. Hey! Here comes Camille. She is doing the dishes. So: Olivier took a cooking pan out. He is stirring the preparation with a large wooden spoon, he adds some salt… But what is Camille doing? She is not going to do push-ups? Yes she is!! Here you go! The Sims are crazy…

Bon, au moins, Olivier, lui, a réussi ses macaronis au fromage.
Well, at least, Olivier did manage to succeed with his mac and cheese.

Alors maintenant, Olivier va prĂ©parer une omelette. Ça, c’est assez facile. Il met les oeufs dans un bol, un petit peu de sel, on remue encore
 Et voilĂ  Leyla. Oh, justement, Leyla a faim. Elle peut manger.
So, now, Olivier is going to cook an omelet for us. That is rather easy. He puts the eggs in a bowl, a bit of salt, he stirs again… And here comes Leyla. Oh, actually, Leyla is hungry. She can eat.

Olivier a mis les oeufs dans une poĂȘle, oh là
 il y a beaucoup, beaucoup de fumĂ©e. Du sel, on remue, on remue
 J’espĂšre que ça va aller. Oui, ça va ! Bravo !! Olivier a amĂ©liorĂ© sa compĂ©tence. C’est bien.
Olivier put the eggs in a stirring pan, wow… there is a lot of smoke. Salt, stir, stir… I hope it’s going to be OK. Yep, it’s fine! Bravo! Olivier improved his skill. Well done.

OK, on va peut-ĂȘtre cuisiner quelque chose d’autre. On va essayer un gĂąteau. Un gĂąteau au chocolat ? Allez, allons-y. Olivier sort les ingrĂ©dients : la farine, le beurre, le chocolat
 il mĂ©lange avec sa cuillĂšre en bois. Ah, qu’est-ce qu’on peut mettre d’autres ? Des lĂ©gumes ? Non, je ne pense pas
 Peut-ĂȘtre des fruits ?
Ok, maybe he’s going to cook something else. He’ll try a cake. A chocolate cake? Ok, let’s go. Olivier takes the ingredients out of the fridge: the flour, the butter, the chocolate… He stirs with his wooden spoon. Ah, what else could we put in? Vegetables? No, I don’t think so… Maybe fruits?

 Olivier va chercher une recette
 qu’est-ce qu’on peut mettre ? Ah
 de l’extrait de vanille ! Ça c’est une bonne idĂ©e. On remue, on remue
 Et voilĂ . Maintenant il prend le bol, il verse la prĂ©paration dans un plat qui va au four, et il attend.
Hum… Olivier is going to look for a recipe… what else could we put in? Ah… vanilla extract! That’s a good idea. Stirring, stirring… Here you go. Now, he takes the bowl, pours the mix in an oven-safe dish, and he waits.

Et voilà Leyla, qui va faire la vaisselle
 c’est bien ma fille ! Bravo !
And here comes Leyla, who is going to do the dishes… Wow, well-done my daughter! Bravo!

Et voilĂ  le gĂąteau : oh ! Comme il est beau ! Bravo Olivier !!
And here comes the cake: how gorgeous! Well done Olivier!!

Voilà. C’est tout pour aujourd’hui.
Here you go, that’s it for today.

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