Basics 2 – Lesson 4


lit – read (he/she/it)
lisons – read (we)
journal – newspaper
menu  – menu
livres – books
elles – they (feminine)
ils – they (masculine)

Purpose of Module

To continue to teach plurals of adjectives, and to introduce the verbs “to read” which is “lire”. Other verbs are also used that were covered in previous modules.

The verb “to read”, “lire” is conjugated as follows:

Je lis – I read
tu lis – You read (familiar)
il/elle lit – He/She reads
nous lisons – We read
vous lisez – You read (plural)
ils/elles lisent – They read


Les livres sont rouges – The books are red
Elle lit une letter – She reads a letter
Nous lisons le livre – We read the book
Elles sont rouges – They are red
Ils sont riches et calmes – They are rich and calm
Le garçon lit le menu – The boy reads the menu
J’écris le menu – I write the menu
J’aime les livres rouges – I like the red books
Elle a un journal – She has a newspaper
Nous aimons les livres – We like the books
Elles sont riches – They are rich
Nous avons le menu – We like the menu


The practice of having your adjectives match in both gender and quantity is being stressed more in this module. If you get a gender wrong, i.e. pomme (apple) is feminine, but you may be tempted to say “le pomme”. To remember it is feminine, think of Eve eating the apple, or the “a” in apple being moved to “la”. You will need to us many memory aids to remember genders because they loosely follow rules. I cover genders in these posts:


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