BEGINNER

WELCOME!

Enjoy the experience of learning the Guernesiais language from scratch!

These series of online video lessons will allow you to learn and master the basics.

Build your confidence and thrive with our free and easy learning materials!

What you will learn:

  • How to introduce yourself to others.
  • How to respond to and ask simple questions.
  • How to talk about the time and numbers.

  • How to use and understand basic sentences/.
  • Understand basic Guernesiais grammar concepts: singularity, plurality, masculinity and femininity.

BEGINNERS LESSON 1: Léssaons pour c’menchànts 1

Coum tchi qu’l’affaire va?

This video lesson presents everything you need to know to ask someone how they are doing. A must-have start to any conversation in Guernesiais!

VOCABULARY BEGINNER LESSON 1

I fait bal ognietIt’s a nice day today
Te v’là!There you are!
Coum tchi qu’l’affaire va?How are things going?
L’Affaire va-t-alle? How are things going?
Greetings

À la perchoineUntil the next one
Ès aoutes joursTo out next meeting
À d’môinUntil tomorrow
Nous s’verraWe will see each other  
J’te verraiI’ll see you
Goodbyes

Énn amas bian mercieVery well thank you 
Pas trop malNot too bad
Faut-pas-s’pllôindMustn’t grumble
D’mi-a-d’miSo-so/ Middling
Coum aen viaerLike an old man (masc.)
Coum enne vielleLike an old woman (femm.)
I fait bal ognietIt’s a nice day today
Te v’là!There you are!
Responses

BEGINNERS LESSON 2: Léssaons pour c’menchànts 2

Je fus naï en Guernséi

This video lesson provides the next step in conversing in the Guernesiais language. You will learn how to introduce yourself and how to explain where you are from.

TOP TIP: Test your vocabulary with a partner or use flashcards. Only 10 minutes a day will make all the difference in mastering the basics!

VOCABULARY BEGINNER LESSON 2

JeI
Je sisI am
MonMy
Mon naomMy name
Je d’meureI live
Je creisI think
ÉtoutAlso, too
EtAnd
QuéThat
EnIn, at
Joining words
Fus- fut naïWas born
GuernésiGuernsey
AnglléterreEngland
IchiHere
Je fus naï en GuernséiI was born in Guernsey
Je fus naï ichi étoutI was born here too
Je creis qué la Julie fut naï en AnglléterreI think that Julie was born in England
Oué, je fus naï en AnglléterreYes, I was born in England
Where were you born?
Mon naom est AlanMy name is Alan 
Je sis AlanI am Alan
Je d’meure à St. PierreI live in St. Peter’s. 
Je creis qué l’Alex d’meure au CastéI think that Alex live in the Castel 
Nen-nin, je sis Alex et je d’meure à St MartinNo, I am Alex and I live in St Martin
Introducing yourself

BEGINNERS LESSON 3: Léssaons pour c’menchànts 3

Est-ch’qué tu d’meures ichin? 

This educational video provides a key step in learning Guernsey French. This is the first part of two videos teaching you how to ask questions and respond effectively. You will also learn the pronouns. Proceed to lesson 4 to learn more about asking questions!

VOCABULARY BEGINNER LESSON 3

There
IchinHere
D’meuresTo live
ÔimesLike
MarchierTo walk
CachierTo drive
Môtocar
CafiCoffee
ThéeTea
BeisDrink
ViàndeMeat
PaissaonFish
LégeumesVegetables
MangesEat
Key words
Est-ch’quéIs it that 
Tu es làYou are there
Est-ch’qué tu es làAre you there?
Est-ch’qué tu d’meures ichinIs it that you live here?
Est-ch’qué tu ôimes à marchier?Do you like walking?
Oui, j’ôime à marchier Yes, I like to walk
Est-ch’qué tu ôimes à cachier ton môtoDo you like to drive your car?
Nen-nin, j’ôime à marchierNo, I like to walk
Est-ch’qué tu beis du cafi?- Do you drink coffee?
Oué, je beis du cafiYeah, I drink coffee
Est-ch’qué tu deis du théeDo you drink tea?
Oué, je beis du théeYes, I drink tea
Est-ch’qué tu manges d’la viàndeDo you eat meat?
Nen-nin, je mange des légeumesNo, I eat vegetables
Questions and responses.
JeI
TuYou
VousYou (pl)
NousWe
Pronouns!

BEGINNER LESSON 4: Léssaons pour c’menchànts 4

Coum tchi qué nous dit ‘house’ en Guernésiais?

Lesson four is part two in learning how to ask questions in Guernsey French. You will also learn the beginnings of masculine and feminine pronouns!

VOCABULARY BEGINNER LESSON 4

Tchi quéwhat
Coum tchi quéhow
Chenathat
Dire/ditto say
Veurtwant
GuernésiaisGuernsey French
Key words.
Coum tchi qué nous dit ‘house’ en Guernésiais?How do we say ‘house’ in Guernsey French
Nous dit ‘maisaon’ en GuernésiaisWe say ‘maisaon’ in Guernsey French
Vacuqe. Tchi qué chena veurt dire?Vacque. What does that mean?
Chena veurt dire ‘cow’That means cow
More questions and answers
Ch’estIt is
GarçaonBoy
FilleGirl
FaummeWoman
HaommeMan
Est-ch’qué ch’est aën garçaon?Is it a boy?
Oué, ch’est aën garçaon.
Oui,  il est aën garçaon.
Yes, it is a boy
Est-ch’qué ch’est énne fille / femme?It is a girl / woman?
Oué, ch’est énne fille/ femme.
Oui, alle est énne fille/ femme.
Yes, it is a girl/ woman.
Est-ch’qué ch’est en hoammeIs it a man?
Oué, ch’est an haommeYes, it is a man.
How to talk to other people.
Est-ch’qué a mange?  does she eat?
Oué, a mangeyes, she eats
Est-ch’qué i mange?does he eat?
Nen-nin, i beitno, he drinks.
Aëna (masculine)
Énnea (feminine)
Ena (used before a vowel sound)
ihim
aher
Introducing male a female pronouns into questions!

BEGINNER LESSON 5: Léssaons pour c’menchànts 5

énne fille/ aën garçaon

This lesson will enable you to expand your vocabulary by getting to know the names of everyday objects and also how to say the Guernsey French equivalents of “a”, “an” and “the”.

VOCABULARY BEGINNER LESSON 5

énne plleumea pen
énne fourchaettea fork
énne coupea cup
énne bequea spade
énne tchairea chair
énne paommean apple
énne maisaona house
énne pouquea bag
énne maontea watch
aën livrea book
aën cata cat
aën deigta finger
aën fossaia hedge
aën batéa boat
some examples

en oeuan egg
en endreta room
en épaoule a shoulder
en endreta room
en ougniaonan oinion
en hologea clock
en aosa bone
vowel or silent ‘h’ uses ‘en’
la tablethe table
la mairthe sea
lé cabinetthe cupbaord
lé murthe wall
l’arbrethe tree
masc and fem for ‘the’

BEGINNER LESSON 6: Léssaons pour c’menchànts 6

‘Les, des, du’

In the last video, we discussed how we refer to one item — the singular form. Here we’ll talk about how we refer to two or more items of the same kind — the plural form — and also how we refer to a quantity of something, like “some sugar” or “some water”.

VOCABULARY BEGINNER LESSON 6

les peidsthe feet
les qu’minsesthe shirts
les païlesthe shovels
les sôlersthe shoes
les cottesthe coats
les fourquesthe forks
les oreillesthe ears
les irognesthe spiders
plurals (the)
des catssome cats
des souorissome mice
des héchetssome (garden) gates
des tchianssome dogs
des lapinssome rabbits
des houguessome mounds
des assiaettessome plates
plurals for some
d’la crôime some cream
d’la viandesome meat
d’la flleursome flour
d’la terresome soil
du pôin some bread
du chucresome sugar
du sailsome pepper
d’l’aersome air
some with singular words
aën chapé/ des chapiaouxa hat/ some hats
aën vessé/ des vessiaouxa dish/ some dishes
aën morcé/ des morciaouxa piece/ some pieces
aën baté/ des batchiaouxa boat/ some boats
aën marté/ des martchiaouxa hammer/ some hammers
aën couté/ des coutchiaouxa knife/ some knives
lé raté/ les ratchiaouxthe rake / the rakes
lé chaté/ les chatchiaouxthe castle/ the castles
irregular plurals

BEGINNERS LESSON 7: Léssaons pour c’menchànts 7

iun, daeux, treis!

Numbers and the present tense in Guernsey French! Lesson 7 focus on the fun task of learning numbers and also how to say ‘to have’ in the present tense!

VOCABULARY BEGINNER LESSON 7

iunone
dauextwo
treisthree
quatrefour
chinqfive
sixsix
saeptseven
huiteight
neufnine
dixten
1-10 numbers
aonzeeleven
douzetwelve
treizethirteen
quatorzefourteen
tchinzefifteen
seizesixteen
dix-saeptseventeen
dix-huiteighteen
dix-neufnineteen
vingttwenty
1-20 numbers
billepound
combian how many 
an year
j’aiI have
tu as you have
il a he has
alle a she has
nous a we have
vous avaïz you have 
il aont they have
present tense and key words
Combian d’billes?  How many pounds?
J’ai saept billes I have seven pounds
Tu as saept billes  You have seven pounds
trentethirty 
tchérànte    forty
chinquàntefifty
sésàntesixty
septànteseventy
more numbers!

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