French Essay Phrases On Holidays

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à la finin the end
à mon avis / quant à moi / selon moiin my opinion
alors quewhereas
autrement ditin other words
avant de conclurebefore concluding...
bien que je puisse comprendre quealthough I can understand that
cela va sans dire queit goes without saying that
cependantnevertheless
considéronslet's consider
d’après moiaccording to me
d’une part, d’autre parton one hand, on the other hand
en ce qui concerne...as far as ... is concerned
en outrefurthermore / moreover
enfinfinally, at last
grâce àthanks to
il est donc question deit is a matter of
il faut bien reconnaître queit must be recognised that
il semble que les avantages l'emportent sur les inconvenientsit seems that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages
il serait absurde de dire queit would be absurd to say that
il vaut mieuxit is better to
je crois quei think/ believe that
je soutiens donc queI maintain that
je suis contreI am against
je voudrais souligner queI’d like to underline that
la premiere constatation qui s'impose, c'est quethe first thing to be noted is that
ne… ni… nineither… nor
pas forcément la faute denot necessarily the fault of
pour commencerto start with
selon moiaccording to me
tout bien considéréall things considered

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Description of a holiday

Here’s what your friend Marie has written about:

  • where she usually spends her holidays
  • what she likes to do on holiday
  • a recent holiday she went on
  • her holiday plans for next year

Salut Hannah,

En général, je passe mes vacances au bord de la mer en Espagne ou en Italie. J’adore nager et bronzer au soleil parce que c’est très relaxant.

Au mois d'août, je suis allée à Biarritz avec mes parents et ma petite sœur qui a neuf ans. Nous avons pris l’avion de Londres à Biarritz. Le voyage était assez confortable et très rapide, mais la nourriture était chère ! Quand nous sommes arrivés à l'aéroport, nous avons loué une voiture. C’était une voiture écolo.

J'ai trouvé la région intéressante et pittoresque parce qu'il y avait des montagnes, des plages magnifiques où nous avons nagé, des restaurants agréables et pas mal de magasins de vêtements.

J'adore faire du shopping et j'ai trouvé plein de jolies choses ! J'ai passé beaucoup de temps à faire de la planche à voile parce que je trouve ça passionnant et j'adore la mer. J'ai aussi joué aux boules. C'était amusant et assez facile.

L'année prochaine, j'ai l'intention de travailler dans un supermarché pendant un mois pour gagner de l'argent. Ensuite, je partirai en vacances avec deux copines. Nous irons peut-être à Paris parce que j'ai envie de voir les monuments célèbres de Paris et visiter le Louvre et le Marché aux Puces.

Où passes-tu tes vacances en général ? Où es-tu allée l’année dernière ?

À bientôt,

Marie

Translation

Hi Hannah,

Usually, I spend my holidays at the seaside in Spain or Italy. I love to swim and sunbathe because it’s very relaxing.

In the month of August I went to Biarritz with my parents and my little sister, who is 9 years old. We travelled by plane from London to Biarritz. The journey was quite comfortable and very quick but the food was expensive! When we arrived at the airport we rented a car. It was an environmentally-friendly car.

I found the region interesting and picturesque because there were mountains, magnificent beaches - where we swam, nice restaurants and some nice clothes shops.

I love shopping and I found plenty of pretty things! I spent a lot of time windsurfing because I find that exciting and I love the sea. I played boules as well. It was fun and quite easy.

Next year I intend to work in a supermarket for a month to earn money. Then I will go on holiday with two friends. Perhaps we will go to Paris because I feel like seeing the famous monuments and visiting the Louvre and the flea market.

See you soon,

Marie

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