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Practice conversation questions for Y8 or Y9



These are taken from a worksheet in the Y8 section of frenchteacher.net. Help yourself. Teachers could go through them with classes, or students could do them in pairs and write up their answers.
 
Present tense

1.            Comment t’appelles-tu?
2.            Quel âge as-tu? (J’ai…)
3.            Où habites-tu?
4.            Habites-tu dans le sud de l’Angleterre? (Non, j’hab…)
5.            De quelle nationalité es-tu? (Je s…)
6.            Quelles langues parles-tu?
7.            Tu habites une maison ou un appartement?
8.            Décris ta maison. (Il y a …)
9.            Il y a combien de personnes dans ta famille?
10.          As-tu des frères ou des soeurs?
11.          As-tu un animal à la maison? Si oui, décris-le.
12.          Quelle heure est-il? (IL est… )
13.          Quel temps fait-il aujourd’hui?
14.          A quelle heure tu te lèves normalement? (Je me …)
15.          A quelle heure tu quittes la maison le matin?
16.          Où est-ce que tu te t’habilles le matin? (Je m’h… )
17.          Qu’est-ce que tu prends pour le petit déjeuner?
18.          Tu te laves ou tu te douches le matin?
19.          A quelle heure tu arrives au collège?
20.         Comment vas-tu au collège?
21.          A quelle heure commencent les cours? (Ils comm…  )
22.         A quelle heure finissent les cours?
23.         Il y a combien de cours par jour?
24.         Il y a combien d’élèves dans ta classe?
25.         Où manges-tu à midi?
26.         Qu’est-ce que tu manges à midi généralement?
27.         Décris ce que tu portes à l'école. (Je porte… )
28.         Quels vêtements portes-tu à la maison par exemple?
29.         Comment s’appelle ton professeur d’anglais?
30.         Décris ton professeur de français.  (Il/Elle …)
31.          Décris ta mère ou ton père.
32.         Quesl sports aimes-tu?
33.         Quelle matière préfères-tu? Pourquoi?
34.         Quelle matière n’aimes-tu pas beaucoup?
35.         Quels magasins il y a dans ta ville? (Il y a… )
36.         Qu’est-ce qu’on peut faire dans ta ville? (On peut …)
37.         Quels sports peut-on pratiquer dans ta ville?
38.         Qu’est-ce qu’on peut acheter à la boulangerie?
39.         Et à la boucherie?
40.         Et au marché?

Perfect tense

Avoir verbs

  1. Qu’est-ce que tu as mangé ce matin au petit déjeuner? (J’ai … )
  2. Qu’est-ce que tu as bu? (J’ai… )
  3. Qu’est-ce que tu as mangé et bu hier soir?
  4. A quelle heure tu as quitté la maison ce matin?
  5. Qui a préparé le dîner hier soir? (Mon/Ma … )
  6. Est-ce que tu as visité la France?
  7. Qu’est-ce que tu as lu récemment?
  8. Quels vêtements tu as mis ce matin pour l’école?
  9. A quelle heure les cours ont commencé ce matin? (Ils ont … )
  10. Tu as fait des devoirs le weekend dernier? En quelles matières?
  11. Quel sport tu as fait récemment?
  12. Quelle émission de télé tu as regardé, par exemple?
Etre verbs

  1. Comment tu es venu au collège ce matin? (Je suis venu… )
  2. A quelle heure tu es arrivé au collège ce matin? (Je suis… )
  3. Tu es sorti le weekend dernier? Où? Avec qui?
  4. Hier soir, tu es resté à la maison ou tu es sorti?
  5. Quand est-ce que tu es né?
  6. Où est-ce que tu es né exactement?
  7. A quelle heure tu es allé au lit hier soir?
  8. Où es-tu allé en vacances l’été dernier?
  9. A quelle heure tu es parti de la maison ce matin?
  10. Tu es allé en France? Où? Avec qui?

Future time

  1. A quelle heure tu vas aller au lit ce soir? (Je vais aller… )
  2. Qu’est-ce que tu vas faire ce soir? (Je vais… )
  3. Qu’est-ce qu tu vas faire ce weekend?
  4. Qui va préparer le dîner ce soir? (Mon/Ma… )
  5. Tu vas regarder la télé ce soir?
  6. Tu vas aller en ligne ce soir? Quels sites vas-tu regarder?
  7. Tu vas aller sur MSN ce soir?
  8. Où vas –tu aller en vacances au mois d’août?
  9. A quelle heure le cours de français va finir?
  10. Tu vas faire des devoirs ce soir?

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