Monday, December 11

How To Remember Various Vegetables in French.

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From time to time we may need something to jog our memories when we cannot call to mind the important things in life. This is perhaps even more important when learning a foreign language. One of the best ways to remember anything is to make up a mnemonic or a memory aid to help you remember. The following are two mnemonics to help you remember the names of vegetables in French.

The first mnemonic is an acrostic for “CABBAGE.”

CChou (m) (cabbage); Carotte (f) (carrot)

AAsperge (f) (asparagus)

BBrocoli (m) (broccoli)

BBetterave (f) (beetroot)

AArtichaut (m) (artichoke)

GGraine de soja (f)(soyabean)

EÉpinard (m) (spinach)

An alternative to this mnemonic could be “APPROPRIATE”:

A Ail (m) (garlic)

P –  Patate douce (f) (sweet potato)

P Pois (m) (pea)

R Radis (m) (radish)

O Oignon (m) (onion)

P Persil (m) (parsley)

R Radis Noir (m) (horseradish)

 I –  Igname (f) (yam)

A Aubergine (f)(eggplant, melongene)

T Tofu (m) (tofu)

E Endive (f) (endive)

 Note that “m” stands for “masculine”, “f” for “feminine” and “pl” for “plural.” The French is in bold face.

If the shorter acrostic is easier to remember use it. However, the second one is longer and therefore more comprehensive. Both include vegetables that the other does not have so there are advantages in utilizing both. So there you have appropriate mnemonics or memory aids to help you recall vegetables in French. At least the cabbage should help you remember your vegetables. “Au revoir, tout le monde (Goodbye everyone).”

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