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Hi everybody! Candice here. Welcome to Ask a Teacher, where I'll answer your most common French questions.
The question for this lesson is What are some good words to connect and contrast sentences or thoughts?
This is a very important subject. Using connecting words will help you express more complex ideas. It will bring your French to the next level and you’ll sound much more fluent. So let’s go through some useful words.
If you want to add more to what you’ve said, use these phrases.
En plus, meaning “in addition to.”
En outre, meaning “moreover.”
Du coup, meaning “so that means”. Du coup is very informal and should only be used in conversation.
If you want to show a causal relationship, you might use Puisque, meaning “since”, “because,” or “seeing that.” For example, Puisque sa soeur est au Canada, il joue aux cartes seul. This means “Since his sister is in Canada, he plays cards by himself.”
If you want to contradict a sentence, you might use Malgré, meaning “despite.” An example is Je me suis endormi(e) malgré le bruit. meaning “I fell asleep, despite the noise.”
Cependant and Néanmoins both mean “however.”
Quant à, means “as for…” Quant à lui, il n’a pas pu dormir. For example, “As for him, he couldn’t sleep.”
Sinon means “otherwise” or “if not.” An example is Faites la vaisselle, sinon les abeilles vont revenir. meaning “Wash the dishes. Otherwise the bees will come back.”
Alors que et tandis que both mean “whereas” or “while.”
Bien que means “even though” and needs to be followed by the subjunctive.
Listen to this lesson again and start to memorize these words. They will really help take your French to the next level.
If you have any more questions, please leave a comment below!
A bientôt, see you soon!