JUNIOR CERT FRENCH VOCABULARY
ESSENTIAL VOCABULARY FOR THE JUNIOR CERT
LE VOCABULAIRE NÉCESSAIRE POUR LE BREVET
The Junior Certificate French exam is primarily focused on receptive linguistic skills. Students must be able to recognise words through both reading and listening. There is also a focus on productive skills, through the written and the optional oral sections. The listening is by far the most substantial chunk of the exam, with over 40% of the marks going for this section. However, the reading section accounts for over 30%, and so cannot be ignored. At honours level, students are presented with 9 reading comprehensions, which become progressively more difficult as students go through the paper.
As part of our Junior cert subscription, members have access to a wide range of vocabulary lists, some of which are accompanied by audio cards, which help with pronunciation
Students answer all of the comprehensions in English, and they are being tested on their ability to understand written French, and be able to pick out the relevant information required.
While it is impossible to predict which topics will be covered on the paper, it is important to have an overall understanding of basic thematic French vocabulary, as certain vocabulary appears almost every year.
The following is a guide to what can and does come up in the reading section of the junior cert exam.
What do you do during the exam?
- Read the heading and the sub-heading (if there is one) very carefully.
- Read the questions which go with each section.
- Be careful to answer what the question is asking “Who?” “When?” “How much?” “Why?” “Where?”
- Look out for key words: “This morning”, “Yesterday” “Name one thing” etc..
- Do not leave a blank. If you don’t understand, take an educated guess.
- Check your answers, to make sure that you have answered the question properly.
We also have free samples of our junior cert revision notes available here
In order to revise in the best possible way, here is an indication of the important stuff to learn. Please feel free to use this checklist as part of your own personal study plan, and tick off which vocabulary you have learnt.
|Buildings||La banque – bank/ l’hôtel de ville – town hall/ la gare –Train station etc..||ü|
|Shops||La boulangerie – bakery/La confiserie – confectionary/ La quincaillerie – hardware shop|
|Recipes||Couper – To cut/ faire cuire – to cook/ Préparer – to prepare|
|Directions||Tournez – turn/ à gauche- to the left / à droite – to the right|
|Signs||Ascenseur – Lift / Accès aux quais – Access to the platforms|
|Sports||Le foot – soccer/ le basket- basketball/ le rugby – rugby|
|Activities||Jouer aux échecs – to play chess/ la lecture – reading|
|Films/TV programmes||Une émission – A programme / Le spectacle – the show/ le cinéma- cinema|
|Animals||Un lapin – a rabbit/ un chien – a dog/ un mouton – a sheep|
|Modes of Transport||En avion – by aeroplane/ le bateau – the boat/ le car- coach|
|Holidays||Le soleil – Sun/ au bord de la mer – At the seaside/ Les vacances – Holidays|
|Weather||La météo – the weather forecast/ Nuageux – cloudy/ ensoleillé – sunny / brumeux – misty/foggy|
|Colours||Blanc/blanche –white/ noir –black/ rose – pink/ vert- green|
|Days of the week, months, seasons||lundi – Monday/ juillet – July/ En hiver – in the winter/ au printemps – in the spring|
|Prepositions||Sur- on top of / Dans – in / à – in/on/at/to/with/ sous – under/ à côté de – beside|
|House & furniture||Un lit – a bed/ une armoire- a wardrobe/ la cuisine – the kitchen/ Une chambre – a bedroom|
|House-hold & garden tasks||Tondre la pelouse – to mow the lawn/ vider le lave-vaisselle – to empty the dishwasher/ laver – to wash/ ranger – to tidy|
|Food & Drink||L’entrée – a starter/ le plat principal – main course/ le dessert – the dessert/ une boisson- a drink/ un café – a coffee|
|Numbers||Un – one/ vingt deux – twenty two/ quarante cinq – forty five|
|Physical Attributes||Grand- tall/ mignon – cute/ petit- small/|
|Feelings||Triste- sad/content- happy/ jaloux – jealous/|
|Adjectives||These are words that describe nouns la voiture rouge – the red car (red or rouge is the adjective)|
|Parts of the body||Le bras – arm/ la jambe – the leg/ la cheville – the ankle/ le cou – the neck/ la bouche – the mouth|
|Pharmacy||Une crème – a cream/ Une ordonnance – a prescription/ un pansement – a bandage/ Un sparadrap – a plaster|
|Ailments||Mal à la gorge – to have a sore throat/ mal à la tête – a headache/ une grippe – a flu/ une toux – a cough|
|Clothes||Une chemise – a shirt/ une jupe – a skirt/ une robe- a dress|
|Sizes & Quantity||Un kilo de – a kilo of / un litre – a litre/ taille 38 – size 38/ la pointure – shoe size/|
|Expressions of Time||Dans 5 minutes – in five minutes/ la semaine dernière – last week/ le weekend prochain – next weekend/ hier- yesterday|
|Expressions of quantity||Beaucoup de- a lot of/ trop de – too much/ un peu de – a little/|
|School subjects & school objects||Le stylo – the pen/ l’histoire – history/ une gomme – a rubber/ l’anglais – English/ la chaise – the chair|
|Jobs||Infirmière- nurse/ professeur – teacher/ serveur- waiter/ avocat – solicitor|
|The alphabet||Remember: “e” is pronounced as “euh” / “I” is pronounced as “ee” / “y” is pronounced as “ee-grek” / “J” is pronounced as “jee” and “g” is pronounced as “Jeay”|
There is a wide variety of texts presented to students in the junior cert French exam. The key at this stage is to keep going over your vocabulary, and try and learn as much as possible between now and the exam.
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FRENCH LEAVING CERT REVISION COURSES
If you would be interested in attending one of our French Leaving Cert Revision courses, please follow the link below for more information. All of our monthly courses take place from September to May and are held in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Our Courses begin at 1pm and ends at 5pm. The cost is €60 and includes a 30 page booklet with exclusive French Notes content. During our revision courses, students learn how to write opinion pieces, Diary entries and/or the narrative (récit), learn active listening methodology, practice speaking and reading French comprehensions. They also do Translation exercises and study a specific area of grammar.