"I am Sweet" and "I have Aids"
The principle is simple: It is easier to remember 10 new words in a familiar language than 3 new words in an unfamiliar one.
SOUND ASSOCIATION is a very powerful memory technique that can be used to assist in Foreign Language Learning.
Here is a FUN way to remember the French verbs TO BE (être) and TO HAVE (avoir).
VERB TO BE (être)
I am --> I am SWEEt --> Je suis
You are --> You are ESsential --> Tu es
He/She is --> He is ESTablished --> Il est
We are --> We are SOMEbody --> Nous sommes
You (pl) are --> You are ETErnal --> Vous êtes
They are --> They are SO Naughty --> Ils sont
VERB TO HAVE (avoir)
I have --> I have AIds --> J’ai
You have --> You have ASthma --> Tu as
He/She has --> He/She has Anemia --> Il a
We have --> We have AVON cosmetics --> Nous avons
You (pl) have --> You have A VErsaci bag --> Vous avez
They have --> They have ONTario friends --> Ils ont
By Nageeb Gounjaria, Language Specialist, Frenchfaster Singapore