Lesson 10 of French: describe an object

French lesson 10 of communication: describe an object in French

Describe objects in French
At the beginner level (level A1), knowing how to describe an object is one of the first things to learn. This will be useful for you to have a basic conversation with a French speaker. It will also allow you to enrich your vocabulary by learning new words. The video below will teach you how to describe an object in French. To understand and speak well, watch the video several times, repeating aloud after the teacher.

Thanks to this video and this article, you will be able to simply describe an object in French. To ask someone to name and / or describe an object, you can ask the question:


- “Qu’est-ce que c’est ?” = “What is that? - What is this?” or the question “C’est quoi ?” = “What is it?”


These two questions are very practical. Indeed, when you do not know what an object is called, all you have to do is ask your French-speaking interlocutor by asking the question “Qu’est-ce que c’est ?” or the question “C’est quoi ?” Point to (show) the object to the other person and say “Qu’est-ce que c’est ?” or “C’est quoi ?”


Taking the first example from the video with the image of a table (une table), the object can be described as follows:


- “C’est une table.” = "It is a table." Here, the object is simply named. We now know what the object is called (une table).


- “Cette table est ronde et marron.” = “This table is round and brown.” Here, the object (la table) is described by its shape (ronde = round) and its color (marron = brown).


- “C’est une vieille table.” = "It's an old table." Here, the object (la table) is described by its age (vieille = old).


- “C’est la table de mon grand-père.” = "This is my grandfather's table." Here, the object (la table) is described by its belonging to a person (mon grand-père = my grandfather).


Taking the second example of the video with the image of a book (un livre), the object can be described as follows:


- “C’est un livre.” = "It's a book." Here, the object is simply named. We now know what the object is called (un livre).


- “C’est un gros livre.” = "It's a big book." Here, the object (le livre) is described by its volume (gros = big).


- “Ce livre est rouge.” = “This book is red.” Here the object (le livre) is described by its color (rouge = red).


- “C’est mon livre.” = “It's my book." Here, the object (le livre) is described by its belonging to a person (mon = my).


Taking the third example from the video with the image of a car (une voiture), the object can be described as follows:


- “C’est une voiture.” = "It's a car." Here, the object is simply named. We now know what the object is called (une voiture).


- “Cette voiture est rose.” = “This car is pink.” Here the object (la voiture) is described by its color (rose = pink).


- “C’est une belle voiture.” = "It's a beautiful car." Here the object (la voiture) is described by its aesthetics, its beauty (belle = beautiful).


- “C’est la voiture de ma mère.” = "This is my mother's car." Here, the object (la voiture) is described by its belonging to a person (ma mère = my mother).


This tenth French communication lesson is part of French course 9: learn to describe an object which includes 10 videos and additional articles on grammar, conjugation and vocabulary.


Once you have mastered this tenth French lesson “describing an object”, you can move on to the next French communication lesson:


Lesson 11 of French: ask open questions in French


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