Riding a Bike — Faire du vélo

Kids everywhere love getting on their bikes and heading off into the park, through the neighborhood, or down small country lanes. You take your bike, and off you go!

Part of the fun of riding a bike is finding your way, going over bumps and dodging potholes. You probably like to feel the wind while riding downhill, and everyone knows how good it feels when you finally reach the top of the hill.

When you're with a friend, you often say things to each other as you ride. You might say, “Here's the hill!” or “Slow down!” And because there's traffic out there, you need to learn to say, “Be careful!”

Riding Around — Faire un tour à vélo

Telling a French friend that there's a stop sign is easy!You have to put a noun and verb together, like you usually do. Some of those words you've learned in previous chapters. Some you're going to learn for the first time. Let's begin by looking at the key words you'll need:

<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> <row rowsep="1"> <td><p>road</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>la route</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>street</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>la rue</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>corner</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>le coin</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>curve</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>le virage</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>hill</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>la colline</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>sidewalk</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>le trottoir</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>stop sign</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>le stop</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>driveway</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>l'allée</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>intersection</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>le carrefour</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>park</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>le parc</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>bike path</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>la piste cyclable</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>bike stand</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>le parking à vélo</emphasis></p></td> </tr> </tbody> </tgroup> </table> <div class="npsb"> <h2> FUN FACTS <emphasis>Pour s'amuser</emphasis></h2> <p>For over a hundred years, France has hosted a famous bike race called <emphasis>Le Tour de France</emphasis>. Cyclists from all over the world compete. Each race follows a different course. <emphasis>Le Tour</emphasis> includes high mountains, lots of curves, and thankfully, some flat stretches! It is considered the most difficult bike race in the world.</p> </div> <p>Now if you're showing a friend around, you want to point out specific roads, hills and places. “Here's the park” in French is <emphasis>Voici le parc</emphasis>. And “there is” is <emphasis>voilà</emphasis> in French. So if you want to say, “There's the park,” it's <emphasis>Voilà le parc</emphasis>.</p> <h2>Giving Directions — <emphasis>Indiquer la direction</emphasis></h2> <p>When you're riding bikes with friends, you have to tell them to “slow down,” “speed up” and “stop.” And most important of all, sometimes you have to tell your friends to “Be careful!” Here's a list of some helpful words:</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>Slow down!</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>Ralentis!</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>Speed up!</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>Plus vite!</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>Careful!</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>Attention!</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>Traffic!</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>Attention aux voitures!</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>Stop!</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>Arrête!</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>Turn right!</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>Tourne à droite!</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>Turn left!</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>Tourne à gauche!</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>Brake!</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>Mets le frein!</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>Bump!</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>Attention à la bosse!</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>Keep going!</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>Continue!</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>You can do it!</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>Courage!</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>Great!</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>Super!</emphasis></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td><p>Time to rest!</p></td> <td><p><emphasis>Repos!</emphasis></p></td> </tr> </tbody> </tgroup> </table> <!--/gc--> <div id="pagination"><ul><li class="prev"><a href="http://www.netplaces.com/kids-french/what-should-we-do-quest-ce-quon-va-faire/" title="What Should We do? 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