Bon vendredi à toutes et à tous !
Welcome to our Daily Dose of Positivity!
Today, let's show solidarity! In these challenging times, it's essential to care for each other, and especially for the elderly and the vulnerable.
- To start with, here's a thoughtful French article about the different ways people have found to support elderly people who are confined in their retirement homes:
Note: EhPad stands for "établissement d'hébergement pour personnes âgées dépendantes" (residential care homes for dependent elderly people)
Here is a sentence from this article linked to our related French lessons:
De nombreux Ehpad ont pris des mesures pour pallier l'absence de visites auprès des résidents.
Many nursing homes have taken measures to make up for the lack of visits with the residents.
- And as it's Friday, I'd also like to share one of our Writing Challenges. These, along with Dictations, are sent to our Premium users every Friday, but today we are offering this Writing Challenge about neighbours helping each other during the lockdown:
If you have never done one of our Writing Challenges before, here's some guidance:
- Don't think of it as translation, Writing Challenges are more like guided writing.
- Writing challenges are self-scoring exercises, meaning that for each phrase you’ll be offered corrections and alternatives to help you pinpoint your mistakes. Each line is marked out of 5 and we suggest taking off a point per mistake, but really the marking is up to you! For example, you decide how important punctuation and correct accentuation is, it's perfectly fine to be kind to yourself because you made a typo or pressed submit too soon!
- Pay attention to the hints! For example, if there are many synonyms for a word, or if you should use a specific verb, these are indicated here.
- It's not easy to translate natural-sounding English into natural-sounding French, where the French is significantly different to the English you will be given a literal translation in the hint.
- Once you’re done, you can read and listen to our suggested text in French, and also see a list of grammar topics covered in the exercise, you can add these to your notebook(s).
And remember: we're all in this together :)
Prenez soin de vous et à demain !