Computer Vocabulary | French Connection

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As part of today’s edition of French Connection, we’ll be discussing vocabulary related to the use of computers, and cover a new irregular verb: recevoir. Then, we’ll practice using these vocabulary words in complete sentences (and learn some useful phrases to do so).

Let’s begin!

Computer Vocabulary

Computers have vastly changed our way of life over the past few decades, and are now almost essential when describing daily life. Not to mention, computers keep getting more complicated, so it’ll be useful to know how to communicate in regards to them.

Here is a list of vocabulary words related to the use of a computer (ordinateur):

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Make sure you pay attention to the phrase preceding the vocabulary word. La means the noun is feminine, le is masculine, and les is plural and can be either masculine/feminine, depending on the noun.

Phrases and Expressions

To help you use the above vocabulary, I’ve compiled a few key expressions and phrases below.

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Another important vocabulary word: planter, which means to crash.

Here’s a paragraph including these phrases and some vocabulary from above:

Je ne sais pas quoi faire! Rien ne marche parce que mon ordinateur se planter! J'ai essayé actualiser mon ordinateur, sauvegarder mes documents, et télécharger le nouveau logiciel, mais tout va de travers depuis que mon ami a cliqué le touche mal. Maintenant, ça fait cinq fois que j'ai perdu tout mes recherches. Ça m'énerve!

 I don't know what to do! Nothing is working because my computer keeps crashing! I've tried restarting my computers, saving my documents, and downloading new software, but nothing has been working since my friend clicked the wrong key. Now, I've lost all of my research five times. How annoying!

The Verb Recevoir

This verb ties back to our unit on Holidays & Gifts unit, and it means to receive.

However, it is considered an irregular verb, in that it is conjugated differently than normal IR Verbs (ending in the suffix ir). Here are the appropriate conjugations:

Je reçois

Tu reçois

Il/Elle/On reçoit

Nous recevons

Vous recevez

Ils/Elles reçoivent

We consider verbs such as these to be boot verbs, as the Nous and Vous forms have conjugations that often remove accents and other common aspects from the other conjugations. (In a table, the remaining forms form a boot-like shape).

In the Passé Composé

The verb recevoir is very easy to use in the past tense, as there is only one form.

Recevoir uses avoir as the helping verb (refer to this post for help), and the form of the verb is reçu. 

You might say: J’ai reçu une cadeau (I received a gift), or Ma mere n’a reçu rien (My mother received nothing).

That’s all for today’s lesson. Thanks for reading!


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