Welcome to my blog!

This blog consists of three parts, namely:

  • My foreign language blog
  • My law blog
  • My group art sessions blog

More information and links to the relevant parts of the blog are below.

My Foreign Language Blog

If you are just interested in one language, you may wish to focus on the following pages:

Spanish language blog pageFrench language blog pageItalian language blog page

My German language blog pageMy Dutch language blog page

My Law Blog

If interested in law you may wish to focus on my Law blog page.

My Tutoring Language & Law Blog

Alternatively you may be interested in my blog posts on tutoring Languages & Law

My Tutoring Group Art Classes Blog

I current run group art classes at Victory Hall, Warsash. My Group Art Classes Blog is here.

Alternatively see my Facebook Pages or Twitter Account

I also have a Facebook page here for tutoring law and languages and a Facebook page for Warsash art sessions here.

Alternatively you may wish to see my blogs on my Farehamtutor Twitter account here.

Do you have any suggestions for posts?

If you have any suggestions for posts, have any questions about any posts or wish to discuss how I could help you to learn a foreign language, feel free to contact me!

French Adjectives that go before nouns

 
French Adjectives That Go Before Nouns

In general in the French language adjectives go after nouns, for example:

  • La maison noire (= The black house)
  • Le restaurant anglais (= The English restaurant)

As you will see this is unlike English, where the adjective normally goes before the noun.

However there are some situations when French adjectives go before nouns. This page looks at those situations.

Which adjectives go before nouns in French?

The following are some of the adjectives you will commonly come across that normally go before the noun:

  • Beau(x)*/Belle(s) = Beautiful
  • Bon(s)/Bonne(s) = Good
  • Jeune(s) = Young
  • Long(ue)(s) = Long
  • Mauvais(e)(s) = Bad
  • Meilleur(e)(s) = Better (or best)
  • Nouveau(x)**/Nouvelle(s) = New
  • Petit(e)(s) = Small
  • Vieux***/Vieille(s) = Old

* ‘Bel’ is the singular masculine version if followed by a noun beginning with a vowel or h.

** ‘Nouvel’ is the singular masculine version if followed by a noun beginning with a vowel or h.

*** ‘Vieil’ is the singular masculine version if followed by a noun beginning with a vowel or h.

Other French Adjectives that go before nouns

Numbers go before the noun

‘Un/Une, deux, trois, etc.’ go before the noun.

Ordinal Numbers

Ordinal numbers (e.g. first, second, third, fourth, fifth, etc. i.e. premier(s)/première(s), deuxième(s), troisième(s), quatrième(s), cinquième(s), etc.) go before the noun.

The words ‘Next’ and ‘last’

‘Prochain(e)(s)’ (next) and ‘Dernier(s)/Dernière(s)’ (last) come before the noun unless not referring to a time. Examples of this are:

  • L’année dernière = Last year
  • Le dernière rue = The last road*

* Here in the second example ‘dernière’ is acting like an ordinal number, so it goes before the noun.

Adjectives which change meaning depending on whether placed before or after the noun

Some adjectives have a different meaning depending on whether placed before or after the noun. The most important ones are as follows:

 Meaning Before the nounMeaning After the noun
ancien(ne)(s)formerancient/antique
cher(s)/chère(s)dearexpensive
grand(e)(s)greatlarge
propre(s)own (e.g. my ‘own’ car)clean
seul(e)(s)onlylonely
Concluding words

I hope that the above has helped you to understand the main situations where French adjectives go before the noun.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me or read about my French tuition services here. Alternatively you may wish to see my Facebook page.

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Group Art Sessions Update (November 2019)

farehamtutor co uk group art sessions details

This is just a Group Art Sessions update for November 2019. I can confirm that the remaining sessions for 2019 (starting 6th November 2019) will be as follows:


13th November 2019
20th November 2019
27th November 2019
4th December 2019

The venue remains as Victory Hall, Warsash with each session taking place between 1pm and 3pm.

What is the theme this term for sessions?

During this five week term people can either do their own projects or do suggested activities.

For those interested in doing the suggested activities, the main theme is on telling a story through a picture. This could be through painting a ‘Fairytale’ type scene or a nighttime picture, for example, of the moon and the night sky.

Do I need to be an experienced artist to join?

You could be a complete beginner or someone who has been doing art for a while. Essentially anyone with a desire to paint or draw can join (or just with a desire to try something new).

Go on! Spend some time doing something fun!

Regardless of what you actually do during the sessions, it is great to put time aside to spend time on yourself doing something fun.

Without having a specific time to do art, it is easy for week after week to go by without actually doing any painting or drawing. Although the group comes together to practise art, it is really more of an opportunity to relax and spend time on something fun.

If anyone reading this is considering coming along for the first time to the art classes, this is a perfect moment for anyone interested to join. Everyone is very supportive of each other’s work.

For more information please see my Warsash Art Classes page here.

Dutch aan het + Infinitive

aan het + Infinitive Dutch

This post looks at the Dutch structure ‘aan het+ Infinitive.

It explains:

  • What it means
  • How the structure works
  • When to use it
  • It also gives you some examples of usage

What does the ‘aan het’ structure mean?

The ‘aan het’ structure is typically used to say that someone is doing something at that moment. In English it is more or less equivalent to us saying things with the following structures:

  • Am….ing (e.g. I am reading = Ik ben aan het lezen)
  • Are….ing (e.g. We are listening = Wij zijn aan het luisteren)
  • Is…ing (e.g. He is studying = Hij is aan het studeren)

How does the structure work?

Firstly, you pick the appropriate part from the Dutch verb ‘zijn’ (to be) to say who is doing the action:

  • Ik ben = I am
  • Jij bent = You are(singular & informal)
  • Hij/Zij is = He/She is
  • U bent = You are (formal)
  • Wij zijn = We are
  • Jullie zijn = You are (plural & informal)
  • Zij zijn = They are

Secondly, you add the words aan het (or aan ’t).

Finally, you add the infinitive (i.e. the dictionary form of the verb) to your sentence. This is the verb that ends in ‘en’, for example:

  • studeren = To study
  • eten = To eat.

Examples using ‘aan het’ + Infinitive

  • Ik ben aan het studeren. = I am studying.
  • Ben je aan het werken? = Are you working? (asking a friend)
  • Hij is aan het slapen. = He is sleeping.
  • Wij zijn aan het eten. = We are eating.
  • Jullie zijn aan het koken. = You are cooking (speaking to 2(+) friends)
  • Zij zijn aan het leren. = They are learning.

Note that if you wish to add more information into your sentence you normally put this information before ‘aan het + infinitive’, for example:

  • Ik ben thuis aan het studeren. = I am at home studying.
  • Hij is boodschappen aan het doen. = He is doing the shopping.

Can you use this structure in other tenses?

Yes, you can. Just like in English, the main other tense you could use this structure with is in the past, for example:

  • Ik was aan het slapen = I was sleeping
  • Was je aan het slapen? = Were you sleeping?

Concluding words

I hope that the above has helped you to work out how to say that someone is doing something in Dutch. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

To book Dutch lessons / tuition, feel free to contact me. For more details of my language tuition services please click here.

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aan het + Infinitive Dutch