I've recently discovered a fantastic website that lets you learn French for free called Duolingo.
Some screenshots are pictured on the right-hand side and the course is similar to the online maths course called Khan Academy, which some of you may be familiar with (which incidentally has the curriculum in both English and French too). Recording your own voice, with software designed to detect whether you're pronouncing the French correctly or not.
When a new topic is introduced it starts with a page or two of information necessary to perform well in that topic and the first couple of questions show an image with the French translation, which makes it very easy.  It seems to be designed to use words in answers you get wrong slightly more often in order to help you memorize them going forward.
Whether you're homeschooling, at school or want to learn French online for free as an extracurricular activity, I'd highly recommend Doulingo.  It's a fun, fast-paced way to learn the language and I found it quite addictive, which I can't say for other methods I've tried!  They also offer courses in various other languages including German, Spanish and Portuegese. The difficulty in French with the past tenses is they do not match any English past tenses, so how to know which tense is correct? Imparfait: this tense is for past actions or states expressing a length or a repetition which beginning and end are not known (also used for narration).
Passe Compose: for actions or states limited in the past, the beginning, then end, the length are known.


Even is the length is 24 hours, 1 week or 1 year, because you know the length, you use the passe compose.
When I was young represents a period of time which beginning and end are not important and not very clear, so we are going to use our orange arrow for the imparfait. The green arrow is included in the orange one, of course because it occurred when I was young, this repeated action needs the imparfait in French because what is important here, it is not the time, it is the fact that I visited my Grandma. So, the translation in French is: Quand j’etais jeune, je rendais visite a ma grand-mere (ou je visitais ma grand-mere)! For the first part, there is no problem, the imparfait but actually the translation of the second one depends on the meaning. Because of the word Hier (yesterday) we know that this event is past and defined, so the passe compose is correct.
Here, we understand that the phone rang for a limited time so the use of the passe compose sonne is correct, we also understand that it was while I was eating a pizza and this event is not clear, we don’t know how long it lasted, so the imparfait je mangeais is correct.
The word souvent (often) tells that it was a repeated event so the use of the imparfait is correct, it is true if you mean all your past holidays.


We easily imagine that falling did not last a long while, so the passe compose is correct, elle est tombee, and it is the same tense for the second part of the sentence because it is not a repeated action, she fell and it hurt! This is more a question rather that a comment, I hope you don’t mind,I would truly appreciate if you could make this a bit clearer for me: Are both these sentences correct?
You are going to see that sometimes the meaning of the sentence can change the tenses and it can be subtle, I noticed in many websites wrong exercises focusing on one answer when several are sometimes possible, so pay attention to the explanation you will find here.
Our online courses will allow you to study French at your own pace from anywhere in the world.



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