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In today's lesson, we'll introduce you to a phrase you'll use countless times on your travels! For everyone out there who likes French food, this is the word you want to know so that you keep getting more of it!

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In French, "I like it" is J'aime bien.
J'aime bien.
Let’s break it down by syllable: J'aime bien.
Now let's hear it once again: J'aime bien.
The first word, j'aime, means "I like."
It’s actually two words, je and aime, “I” and “like.”
Let’s break it down again - j'aime
This is followed by bien, which in French is "well."
So all together, we have J'aime bien. Literally, this means "I like well."
If you want to say that you really like something, then you can use the phrase; in French, "I really like it" is J'adore.
Let’s break it down by syllable: J'adore.
Now let's hear it once again: J'adore.
This phrase literally means “I adore.”
In the event that you don't like something, "I don't like it" is Je n'aime pas.
Je n'aime pas
Let’s break it down by syllable: Je n'aime pas
Now here it is once again: Je n'aime pas
This is essentially the same as the first phrase, but negative.
The first word, je, means "I" as we know.
This is followed by n'aime, which in French is "like" in the negative, ne and aime together, n’aime.
So to recap here, we have Je n'aime. Literally, this means "I no like."
Let’s take a look at the next word, pas, which means something like "not" and completes the negation of the verb.
And, pas.
So all together, we have Je n'aime pas. Literally, this means "I don't like."
Expressing what you like and don't like is one of the major jobs of language and the French are big fans of this function. French culture is Latin at its heart through conversation in French usually turns around expressing and debating preferences. Spend some time listening to the locals and you will hear today's phrases in abundance.


Okay, to close out this lesson, we'd like you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for shouting it aloud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so bonne chance, that means “good luck” in French. Ok, here we go!
“I like it.” - J'aime bien.
J'aime bien.
J'aime bien.
“I really like it.” - J'adore.
“I don't like it.” - Je n'aime pas.
Je n'aime pas.
Je n'aime pas.
This is the end of today’s lesson. See you soon! À bientôt!