High Five French: Sample Lesson
Quel âge as-tu?
It's time to learn how to count in French. In lesson 4, you'll learn how to say the numbers up to 12 and how to say your age.
Outline and notes
Today Emma and Mathilde talk about numbers, and more specifically, the numbers up to twelve. This will enable your child to give their age and ask others for their age.
By the end of this lesson, your son or daughter will be able to:
- say the numbers from one to twelve accurately;
- ask others for their age;
- give their own age in a sentence.
Quel est ton numéro de téléphone?
Can you work out what this question means? Some of the words look quite like English words: what do you think numéro means? What about téléphone? The question means “what is your phone number” in French. Your challenge is to learn how to say your phone number using the numbers you now know, and there’s one extra number you’ll need to find out: how do you say “zero” in French? That’s your challenge for this lesson!
- Activity Sheet A
Use this activity sheet to help you review the core words and phrases covered in this lesson.
- Activity Sheet B
This activity sheet includes both the core and bonus vocabulary items.
- Transcript of the lesson
Make sure you understand every word of the video with this full transcript in PDF format.
Notes for parents
Language notes for the key vocabulary
You may wish to pick up on these points with your son or daughter.
The number un, meaning one, is quite a nasal sound. As your child goes through these numbers, they will realise that, like Emma, paying close attention to Mathilde’s pronunciation is key!
This is the number two in English. Your child may have come across these numbers before in songs or rhymes. If they are familiar to them, hearing them again can help reinforce the pronunciation.
The number for three, trois, contains that special French -r sound. Mathilde makes Emma repeat this number a few times until she is satisfied she is saying it correctly. It may help your child to know that they are not learning alone and it can take several attempts before they get something just right.
This is another word that contains the -r sound. Another sound to watch for is the qu- at the start of the number. It does not sound the same as this letter combination would in English.
The word for five, cinq, does sound like it has gone to the bottom of the sea (“sank”)! Do be careful with this number, as its pronunciation is quite different from the way it looks.
This number can be a bit of a “false friend” as it is spelt the same way as in English. It is not pronounced the same way, as Mathilde demonstrates.
Sept has a silent -p in the middle. All the other letters are pronounced.
Mathilde repeats this one carefully with Emma. It’s important not to pronounce it as if it is written “weet”. The initial sound is more like “ew”, followed by “eet”. Mathilde teaches the pronunciation perfectly.
Again, this is another word which doesn’t sound exactly as an English-speaker may imagine.
Double figures already! The part to watch here is the ending, -ix. It is similar to the number six in its pronunciation.
This word is pronounced with quite a nasal sound at the start. Repeating the numbers, a little like learning mathematical times tables, can be one of the best ways of consolidating what each number means and how to pronounce it correctly.
This number has a lovely, rounded “oo” sound in the middle. Knowing the numbers one to twelve should now give your child the ability to ask and give their age.
The question quel âge as-tu? literally means “which age have you?” The answer, j’ai dix ans means “I have ten years”. This is unlike English, where we say “how old are you?” and “I am ten years old”. It is worth pointing out to your child that not all phrases can be translated literally to be accurate or to be considered “good translations”. It is often necessary to think about the best way to say something in your own language, in order to find the correct translation, rather than relying on a word-for-word translation
Today, we have a little joke for you. It involves the numbers from this episode. (It might be worth saying this a few times out loud in private before you “deliver” it to your learners, to get the emphasis just right!)
Two cats were racing up a river. The first cat was called one, two, three. The second cat was called un,deux, trois. One, two, three finished first. Sadly, un, deux, trois quatre, cinq! It’s worth pointing out that when said quickly, the -re of quatre is often “swallowed”, so it’s easy to imagine the punchline of the joke as “un, deux, trois cat sank”.
quel âge as-tu? what age are you? / how old are you?
j’ai … ans I am … years old
bon week-end have a good weekend
joyeux anniversaire happy birthday
The following two phrases were heard in this episode:
il y a douze mois there are twelve months
il y a sept jours there are seven days