“SPORTS Explained by Non-Athletes!” My good friend, @jonerstrokes, and I decided to take some of your burning questions about all things sports! What are sports? HOW do you sports? Well, we (do not) have the answers!!
When talking to french people, focus on innocuous topics like the weather, current events (“avez-vous lu à propos de..?” Have you read about…?), and cultural topics like food, movies, art, music, and so on. And remember to use vous instead of tu!
I only speak a little French. Je ne parle qu'un peu le français.
I am learning French, but I am only a beginner. J'apprends le français mais je ne suis qu'un débutant.
I have been learning french for 2 days / 2 weeks / 2 months / 1 year / 2 years. J'apprends le français depuis deux jours / deux semaines / deux mois / un an / deux ans.
Will you please correct me? Peux-tu me corriger, s'il te plaît?
What does ___ mean? Que veut dire ___?
What does that mean? Qu'est-ce que ça veut dire?
Can you explain in French/English to me? Peux-tu m'expliquer en français / anglais?
What does that mean in this context? Qu'est-ce que ça veut dire dans ce contexte?
What is the French word for ___? Quel est le mot français pour ___?
Is this/that correct? C'est juste?
Am I wrong? Je me trompe?/Est-ce que j'ai tort?
Am I correct? Est-ce que j'ai raison?
Do you understand? Est-ce que tu me comprends?
I do not understand. Je ne comprends pas.
I want to improve my level in French. Je veux améliorer mon niveau de français.
I need to practice French. J'ai besoin de pratiquer le français.
Do you have time to speak with me? As-tu le temps de parler avec moi ?
Can you help me to learn French? Peux-tu m'aider à apprendre le français?
Do you mind if we speak in French? Ça te dérange si nous parlons en français?
Can you please speak in French? it helps me to learn. Peux-tu me parler en français s'il te plaît? Ça m'aide à apprendre.
How do you say ’___’ in French? Comment dit-on ’___’ en français ?
I struggle with spelling / reading / writing / listening / pronunciation. J'ai du mal avec l'orthographe / la lecture / l'écriture / la compréhension orale / la prononciation.
Can you please repeat? I did not understand. Pouvez-vous répéter s'il vous plaît ? Je n'ai pas compris.
I don’t speak French fluently. Je ne parle pas couramment le français.
I am confused. Je suis perdu(e).
I don’t know how to say it in French. Je ne sais pas comment le dire en Français,
Sorry (or ‘pardon’), what did you say? Pardon, qu'est-ce que tu as dit?
I’ve never heard of that. Je n'ai jamais entendu ça.
That makes sense. Ça se tient.
That does not make sense. Ça n'a aucun sens.
What’s happening? / What’s going on? Qu'est-ce qui se passe?
What do you mean by ’___’ ? Qu'est-ce que tu entends par ’___’? / Qu'est-ce que tu veux dire par ’___’?
⭐️ Personal Stuff ⭐️
Here is a list of phrases you can use and practice when giving and asking for personal information. Take note that the list makes use of the formal “vous”.
Comment vous appelez-vous? What is your name?
Je m'appelle Christine. My name is Christine.
Quel est votre nom? What is your name?
Comment allez-vous? How are you?
Je vais bien, merci. I am doing well, thank you.
Très bien, merci. Very well, thank you.
Quel âge avez-vous? How old are you?
J'ai # ans. I am # years old.
J'ai trente ans. I am thirty years old.
J'ai quarante-deux ans. Iam forty two old.
Quelle est votre nationalité? What is your Nationality?
Je suis canadien(ne). I am Canadian.
Je suis américain(e). I am American.
Je suis chinois(e). I am Chinese.
Je suis coréen(ne). I am Korean.
Où habitez-vous? Where do you live?
J'habite en Californie. I live in California.
Quel est votre numéro de téléphone? What is your phone number?
Mon numéro de téléphone est le … My phone number is …
Où êtes-vous né(e)? Where were you born?
Je suis né(e) à… I was born in…
Êtes-vous marié(e)? Are you married?
Oui, je suis marié. Yes, I am married
Non, je ne suis pas marié. No, I am not married
Je suis célibataire. I am single
Est-ce que vous avez des frères et soeurs? Do you have any brothers and sisters?
Je suis fille unique. I am an only child/daughter
Je suis fils unique. I am an only child/son
J'ai - frère(s). I have - brother(s).
J'ai - soeur(s). I have - sisters(s).
Je n'ai pas de frères. I don’t have any brothers.
Je n'ai pas de soeurs. I don’t have any sisters.
Quel est votre métier? What is your job?
Quelle est votre profession? What is your profession?
Que faites-vous dans la vie? What do you do for a living?
Je suis ingénieur. I am an engineer.
Je suis boulanger/boulangère. I am a baker.
Je suis médecin. I am a doctor.
Je suis infirmier/infirmière. I am a nurse.
⭐️ Interests ⭐️
Quel est votre sport préféré? What is your favorite sport? (formal)
Quel est ton sport préféré?
What is your favorite sport? (informal)
Mon sport préféré est… My favorite sport is….
J'aime faire du sport et garder la forme. I like to do sports to keep fit.
Quelle saison préférez-vous? What season do you prefer? (formal
Quelle saison préfères-tu? What season do you prefer? (What season is your favorite?) (informal)
Quels sont vos passe-temps préférés? What are your favorite pastimes? (formal)
Quels sont tes passe-temps préférés? What are your favorite pastimes? (informal)
Mes passe-temps préférés sont… My favorite pastimes are…
Qu'est-ce que vous faites dans votre temps libre? What do you do in your free time? (formal)
Qu'est-ce que tu fais dans ton temps libre? What do you do in your free time? (informal)
Est-ce que vous avez un animal de compagnie? Do you have a pet?(formal)
Est-ce que tu as un animal de compagnie? Do you have a pet? (informal)
Non, Je n'ai pas un animal de compagnie. No, I don’t have a pet.
Oui, J'ai un chat. Yes, I have a cat.
Oui, J'ai un chien.Yes, I have a dog.
Qu'est-ce que vous aimez? What do you like?
J'aime le jazz. I like jazz.
J'aime le rock. I like rock.
J'aime le hip-hop. I like hip-hop.
Je n'aime pas le rap. I don’t like rap.
Je n'écoute pas de la musique très souvent. I don’t listen to music very often.
J'aime les films d'amour. I like romance films.
J'aime les films d'aventures. I like adventure films.
Je n’aime pas faire du ski. I don’t like skiing.
Qu'est-ce que vous aimeriez faire dans la vie? What would you like to do in life ?
J'aimerais être chef. I would like to be a chef.
J'aimerais être un bibliothécaire. I would like to be a librarian.
🦇- If your muse had wings, would they be feathered and bird-like, leathery bat-like wings, or insect-like fairy or butterfly wings?
🙊- How good are they at keeping secrets?
🎖- Is your muse the “forgive and forget” type or do they hold grudges?
⚖️- If your muse had superpowers, what would they be?
📐- Did your muse get an education? What was their best subject in their studies?
🖋- If your muse was an author/poet, what kind of stories would they write about?
📕- What “Banned Books” could you see your muse reading?
🔖- When they shop, does the price or product matter more?
🐶- If your muse was forced to get a pet, what would they get?
✌️-How often did they get into trouble as a kid?
⭐️- What’s their favorite constellation in the night sky?
🍼- Would your muse raise an abandoned orphan they found or opt to relocate them to an orphanage instead?
🏄♀️- What kind of leisurely sports do they partake in on their downtime?
💐- What are their favorite flowers?
👑- How would your muse react if they suddenly found out that they were the long-lost heir to a rich kingdom?
👒- If your muse were to take someone on a first date, where would they go and how would they behave?
💥- if Your muse wakes up with complete amnesia, how would they react? How scared would they be? What caused it?
🍳- What does your muse’s typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner look like after their larder has been fully replenished?
🎣- Would your muse go fishing for any reason? Would they catch-and-eat or catch-and-release?
🎼- What part in a choir would your muse sing? Soprano (½), Bass, Tenor, or Alto?
🎬- Pick three movies you could see your muse watching (and enjoying)
🎨- Find two famous pieces of artwork you think your muse would enjoy.
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1. What are three Netflix shows that they’ve rated five stars? 2. Where do they prefer to read? On the sofa, in bed, at a table, on the porch, in a cafe? 3. Do they like to play games? What kind of games: video, card, board? What are some of their favorites? 4. What’s their food weakness? What food can they never turn down? 5. Do they prefer movies or TV shows? Why? 6. What holiday is their favorite? Which is their least favorite? 7. What’s their diet like? Are they vegetarian, vegan? Do they have any food allergies that make them have a special diet? 8. What sort of toys did they play with as a child? 9. How often do they go grocery shopping? Do they tend to do one large trip, or smaller ones throughout the week? 10. Do they eat breakfast? What’s a typical breakfast look like for them? 11. Do they like going to museums? What type of museums do they like to go to? Art, science, historical; interactive, quiet, a mix? 12. How do they organize their books? Alphabetical by author, by title? By size, color, date published? Is there any rhyme or reason? 13. Have they ever been do Disney World/Land, or any other amusement park? What do they prefer to do at them: go on the rides, play the games, eat the food? 14. How do they eat their popcorn? What do they put on it? 15. When do they pay their bills? As soon as the bill comes in? At the last moment? Or are most of their bills automatically taken out of their account? 16. What time do they normally go to bed? How many hours of sleep do they usually need to function in the morning? 17. Do they have cable, or do they rely mostly on Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services? 18. What is their preferred weather? What would be a perfect weather day? 19. Are they more of a snacker throughout the day, or they eat three meals and call it a day? 20. Have they ever had an imaginary friend? 21. What were they a part of in high school/college, if they went? Were they a part of any clubs, did they play any sports? What clique would they have been considered a part of? 22. Do they have a favorite restaurant? How often do they go to it, and what’s their usual order? 23. How do they prefer to watch movies? In the theater, on a streaming site, from an owned DVD/digital download, rented from somewhere? 24. Do they watch any sports? What are they a fan of, and what teams do they root for? Do they watch the games/matches on TV or do they try to be there for some in person? Do they just catch the highlights on their phone later on? 25. What do they prefer to do in the summertime? Do they like going to the beach, do they prefer camping, staying in the city? Do they like to stay indoors and away from the heat?
Questions for developing the biology of a new species or race
Something to remember when developing your new species or races: always remember that your unique race/alien race should not distract from the narrative. It is always fun to experience new and different peoples that can be so similar to humanity while being so different. But you don’t want to create a main species that is so utterly alien that it distracts from your narrative. The details of your race should enhance your story, not needlessly complicate it.
So! With that in mind…
Starting from scratch:
What about them says “other”?
How are their environmental conditions reflected in their biology?
What texture/color is their skin or outer layer? Why?
Do they have hair? If so, where and what color(s)? What texture(s)?
How many biological sexes are there? How many genders?
How many cones do their eyes have?
How many limbs do they have? How are they used?
How many fingers/toes do they have? How has this altered their number system?
Were they the only race on their home planet that evolved to “intelligent?”
For further development:
How would it describe its setting?
Do they have physical traits specific to their class or caste?
What traits do others of their species find attractive? Why?
Do they use special tools to enhance or repair damaged/failing physical traits or senses (glasses/contacts, prosthetics, wheelchairs)?
What unifying characteristics set them apart from humans? What do they have in common?
What dietary needs do they have?
Do they use special ornamentation (clothing, jewelry, tattoos) to show rank, occupation, heritage, etc.?
How do they relate to temperature or climate?
Do they have joints or tendons that move in a way that would seem unnatural to humans?
What is their sexual biology like? Is it analogous to ours, or something entirely different?
What recreational activities are healthy/positive for their biology?
How does their body respond to various types of excitement or emotion?
Creative exercises for species/racial development:
If someone were write a wanted poster for a criminal of this race, what features would the notice highlight? Why?
What are (or hypothetically would be) the most popular plastic surgeries among people of this species?
What is their average morning routine? How do their care for themselves, physically, on a daily basis?
Write a short story in which someone of your new species/race attempts to put on a set of human clothes or visa versa.
What is the most popular sport and how is it played? How do the species’ unique traits play into the game, if at all?