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DELF A2 : How to describe your hometown or neighbourhood in french

Describe your hometown or city in french

DELF A2 Production orale : Describe your hometown, neighbourhood or city in french

Tell me about your hometown. Questions asking about your hometown, city or neighbourhood is very common on the DELF A2 speaking section or production orale. As a result, in this tutorial, we will look at how you should approach this topic by providing the essential vocabulary and french phrases to get you going. In addition, you will find sample French A2 questions and cue cards, to practice.  And finally authentic sample french monologue.

 

French A2 Cue card Examples
Talk about hometown/city/ neighbourhood in French“:

  1. Est-ce qu’il y a beaucoup de centres commerciaux là où vous vivez ? Quels magasins peut on trouver ? Est-ce qu’il y a autre chose que des magasins dans ces centres commerciaux ?Est-ce que vous aimez y aller? Dites pourquoi.
  1. Décrivez la rue où vous habitez. Est-ce qu’elle est comme les autres ? Dites ce qui vous plait ou ce que vous n’aimez pas dans votre quartier.

 

SUJET 1. Visite d’un ami

  1. Vous recevez chez vous un ami français qui ne connaît pas votre ville. Vous lui proposez des activités que vous pouvez faire ensemble pour découvrir votre ville. Vous vous mettez d’accord sur un programme d’activités.

 

The first step is to introduce your hometown or neighbourhood:

 

This can be followed by a semi-introduction to your topic:

 

 You can then identify the different shops in your neighbourhood or hometown:

 

Useful Vocabulary for speaking about your hometown or city

 

And if you decide to add other amenities:

 

Useful vocabulary

Foire alimentaire – food court / banques – banks / Guichet automatique – ATM machine / cinéma – cinema / Chez le coiffeur – hairdresser / chez le médecin – doctor’s office / Salon de beauté – beauty salon / couturière – dressmaker / petit terrain de jeux – little playground / gym – gym / parking – parking / parc – park / caroussel – carousel

 

You may also state if you enjoy going to these places and why:

 

Useful vocabulary (reasons)

 

Describing the street you live on in your neighbourhood in French

Introduction :

 

Begin by stating the name of your street:

 

Then add adjectives to describe the street:

You may describe the state of the street

 

Then add some features (What’s there in the surroundings)

Un parc – a park, des grands/petits magasins – big/little shops, un rond-point – a round about, des restaurants fast-food – fast food restaurants etc.

 

Add what you like or what you don’t like about your neighbourhood

 

Useful phrases

 

Reasons for liking or disliking your neighbourhood/hometown:

Animé (lively), ennuyeux (boring), petite (little), proper (clean), pollué (polluted), sale (dirty), calme (quiet), bruyant (noisy), beau (beautiful), modern (modern), vieux (old).

You may talk about the habitants as part of your reasons:

Agréables (pleasant), intelligents (intelligent), interessants (interesting), méchants (mean/unkind), gentilles (kind), sympas (nice), enjoués (cheerful), mauvais (bad), bavards (talkative).

 

Talk about activities you can do

 

First of all, you may want to familiarize yourself with some activities/verbs:

 

You may state where you conduct these activities:

L’église (church), le zoo (zoo), le cinéma (cinema), la plage (beach), l’hôpital (hospital), le parc (park), le lac (lake), la piscine (pool), la montagne (mountain), le magasin (shop), le supermarché (supermarket), le marché (market), le restaurant (restaurant), le musée (museum) etc.

 

Phrases you may find helpful:

*Remember when there are two verbs following each other, only the first verb is conjugated. If you use only one verb, be sure to conjugate it correctly.

 

Useful questions:

 

You may select different days for each activity:

 

 

Example french monologue: “Talk about your city, town or neighbourhood in french”

Below you will find some examples of people talking about where they are from. Listen to the monologue and see if you can reuse some of the vocabulary to describe your city, town or neighbourhood in french.

The first person, Thierry who lives in Paris and speaks about his neighbourhood, La Bastille. The second, Nolwenn, who is also from Paris, speaks about his neighbourhood, Barbes. Happy listening!

Thierry : le quartier de la Bastille à Paris

C’est un quartier très intéressant car il est central, très bien desservi. Le soir, il y a une animation très forte et c’est aussi un quartier culturel grâce à l’opéra Bastille.

Nolwenn : le quartier de Barbès à Paris

C’est un quartier très cosmopolite et très animé où l’on trouve beaucoup de boucheries arabes et beaucoup de boutiques africaines.

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