Première classe A1 Breakthrough

Culture(s): Giving your given name and surname in the correct order

Regardez les images. Reconstituez chaque phrase selon l'usage en français. Les francophones disent d'abord leur prénom avant leur nom de famille quand ils se présentent.

Look at the pictures. Order each sentence according to the French custom. French-speakers say their surname before their given name when introducing themselves.

Jem'appelleSabineDijoux.
SonnomestJean-FrançoisSam-Long.
Ils'appelleAndréMinvielle.
Elles'appelleSophiePassalacqua.
Aphrodite Maravelaki, Université catholique de Louvain
Some items are in the correct order. These will be carried over to the next step of the exercise.
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Culture(s) / Giving your surname and given name in the correct order

In your culture, when speaking what order do you put the words in when you introduce yourself? The surname or the given name? In French, the given name is usually said before the surname. In answer to the question: "Quel est ton nom ?" (informal) or "Quel est votre nom ?" (formal), you must say your given name before your surname. However, when writing in a formal or administrative context, you put the surname before the given name. The most frequent questions used to ask someone’s given name and surname are: - Quel est ton / votre nom ? - Comment t’appelles-tu / vous appelez-vous ? - Tu t’appelles comment ? (informal) - Votre nom ? Votre prénom ? (administrative) The answers are: Je m’appelle Jean (Dubois) – Mon nom est Jean (Dubois) – Jean (Dubois). The convention in formal situations is to say the given name and surname. However, in informal situations like a party at a friend’s house, French-speakers introduce themselves using only their given name. Be careful; when introducing themselves, French-speakers never give their title (Dr, Monsieur, Madame) in front of their surname!

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