Asking for Directions — Demander son chemin

Sometimes when you're going somewhere, you need a little help. Asking for directions is important in every language. How else will you find your way to the movie store for the first time? Or even find the bathroom the first time you visit a French friend's house?

Where —

You probably remember (“where”) from previous chapters. And you know the difference between est and sont is the difference between “is” and “are.” Est is singular, and sont is plural. Voilà! Two essential launch pads for direction questions:

<tgroup cols="2"> <colspec align="left" colname="col1" colnum="1" colsep="0" colwidth="50%"/> <colspec align="left" colname="col2" colnum="2" colsep="0" colwidth="50%"/> <thead> <tr> <td><p><B>English</B></p></td> <td><p><B>French</B></p></td> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td><p>Where is…</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>Où est…</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>Where are…</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>Où sont…</emphasis></p></td> </tr> </tbody> </tgroup> </table> <h2>Destination Targets — <emphasis>Destinations particulières</emphasis></h2> <p>There are so many places you can go, whether you're in a little town (<emphasis>un village)</emphasis> or a city (<emphasis>une ville</emphasis>). Let's list some of them:</p> <table frame="none" width="100%"> <title/> <tgroup cols="2"> <colspec align="left" colname="col1" colnum="1" colsep="0" colwidth="50%"/> <colspec align="left" colname="col2" colnum="2" colsep="0" colwidth="50%"/> <thead> <tr> <td><p><B>English</B></p></td> <td><p><B>French</B></p></td> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td><p>The store/the stores</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>le magasin/les magasins</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>The bookstores</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>la librairie/les librairies</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>The library/the libraries</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>la bibliothèque/les bibliothèques</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>The movie store/the movie stores</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>le magasin de film/les magasins de film</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>The toy store/the toy stores</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>le magasin de jouets/les magasins de jouets</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>The department store/the department stores</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>le grand magasin/les grands magasins</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>The grocery store/the grocery stores</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>l'épicerie/les épiceries</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>The bakery/the bakeries</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>la boulangerie/les boulangeries</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>The restaurant/the restaurants</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>le restaurant/les restaurants</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>The bathroom</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>les toilettes/la salle de bains</emphasis></p></td> </tr> </tbody> </tgroup> </table> <div class="npsb"> <h2>MISTAKES TO AVOID <emphasis>Fautes à éviter</emphasis></h2> <p>Be careful not to mix up la librairie (“bookstore”) and la bibliothèque (“library”). 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