Our daughter Leyla is eleven years old and she loves playing Minecraft. She has put together this short and fun video to illustrate which verbs use “être” in passé composé using Minecraft. Enjoy!
Hi all – today, we’re going to learn about the French tense “le passé composé”. More precisely, the verbs which take “être” (to be) in passé-composé. I spent a lot of time producing this video (it’s more difficult than it seems, especially since I’m only 11 years old!). I hope you like it !
1 – Verbs Using “To Be” in Passé Composé” Video
Here is the transcript of my video. It starts in English but it features French and audio so you learn the correct pronunciation of the verbs. Seeing the action in the video will help you remember the verbs which take to be in the passé composé – enjoy!
Bonjour, and welcome to French Today!
My name is Leyla, I was born in the US, I live in France now, and I’m bilingual. I’m 11 years old, and I love playing Minecraft.
My video is based on French Today’s blog article “When to use “être” or “avoir” with passé composé”: I’m going to illustrate it using Minecraft.
So, here we go. My character’s name is Leylack, and I’m going to describe what she did in French, using a tense of the past called “le passé composé”.
Please understand that with that tense, I am describing what she did, NOT what she is doing now.
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2 – French Verbs Using To Be in Passé Composé
- Elle est née là-bas, dans le village. (naître)
She was born over there, in the village.
- Elle est venue ici. (venir)
She came here.
- Elle est passée à côté de ces jolies fleurs. (passer)
She walked by these pretty flowers.
- Elle est arrivée en bas de la montagne. (arriver)
She reached the bottom of the mountain.
- Elle est montée en haut de la montagne. (monter)
She climbed to the top of the mountain.
- Elle est allée vers la maison. (aller)
She went towards the house.
- Elle est entrée dans la maison. (entrer)
She went inside the house.
- Elle est restée un peu dans la maison, (rester)
She stayed a bit in the house,
- et puis elle est sortie de la maison. (sortir)
and then she exited the house.
- Elle est descendue de la montagne, (descendre)
She went down the mountain.
- elle est tombée…mais heureusement, elle n’est pas morte !! (tomber / mourir)
she fell… but fortunately, she didn’t die!
- Elle est partie de la montagne, (partir)
She left the mountain,
- et elle est rentrée dans son village. (rentrer)
and she went back to her village.
Remember that unlike English, French uses a preposition with these verbs : entrer DANS la maison, sortir DE la maison etc…
Note also that all the reflexive verbs (the “se” verbs) use être in passé composé:
Hier matin, je me suis levée, je me suis douchée, je me suis coiffée et je me suis habillée.
Yesterday morning, I got up, showered, combed my hair and got dressed.
(More about French Pronominal Verbs – Se verbs)
Voilà, c’est tout pour aujourd’hui. Check out French Today dot com for blog articles and your free audiobook to learn French like it is spoken today.
Leyla out !
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