Identity & Culture Topic 3 Vocabulary

Key vocabulary learning skills

__Vocabulary learning skills: __

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  1. To try and reduce the number you need to learn, try to use all the tricks you can e.g.

a. “ha ha it sounds like” – Laine = wool = a sheep called Len. (If it makes you laugh it is more likely to work. Our brains are funny like that!)

b. “ooh it reminds me of” – pantalon = a bit like pantaloons = those funny old fashioned trousers in your history books.

  1. At home, do it little and often - lots of breaks because it is boring!

  2. No background noise/music. (Music is good for concentration for most other HW but bad for memorisation HW – it just is. Sorry!)

  3. Learn the meanings first.

Cover up the English

Test yourself: Look – cover – say (the English) – check

Test yourself again: Look – cover – say – check (just ones you got wrong)

When you have 100% correct, move on

  1. Now learn the spellings.

Cover up the French

Test yourself: Look – cover – write (the French) – check

Look – cover – write – check (just the ones you got wrong)

        	When you have 100% correct, have a biscuit! 

Customs and festivals


cadeau le - present

église l’ (f) - church

fête la - festival, celebration, party

fête des mères la - Mother’s Day

fête des rois la - Twelfth Night/Epiphany

fête du travail la - May Day

fêter - to celebrate

feux d’artifice les (m) - fireworks

Jour de l’An le - New Year’s Day

juif/juive - Jewish

mosquée la - Mosque

musulman - Muslim

Pâques - Easter

poisson d’avril - April Fools’ Day, April Fool!

religieux/religieuse - religious

Saint-Sylvestre la - New Year’s Eve

Saint Valentin la - St. Valentine’s Day

Toussaint la - All Saints’ Day

veille de Noël la - Christmas Eve

What is la mosquée in English?
What is Jewish in French?
What is 'la Jour de l'An' in English?
New Year's Day