parler/dire – exercises

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Exercices

Choose the correct option.

  1. Julien et sa cousine ont pendant des heures.[Julien and his cousin talked for hours.]|parler = have a conversation
  2. Pouvez-vous me où est la gare ?[Can you tell me where the station is?]|dire followed by où, quand, comment
  3. La sœur de Malik japonais, anglais et suédois.[Malik’s sister speaks Japanese, English and Swedish.]|parler = speak a language
  4. En classe, nous avons de la campagne éléctorale.[In class, we spoke about the electoral campaign.]|parler = talk about something (with someone)
  5. Zoë m’a que tu allais participer au concours de cuisine.[Zoë told me that you were going to participate in a cooking contest.]|dire que… = reported speech (told me that)

Complete the sentences with the conjugated form of parler or dire.

  1. As-tu avec Catherine ?[Did you talk to Catherine?]|parler = talk to someone
  2. Je n’ai pas compris ce que le professeur a .[I didn’t understand what the teacher said.]|Dire is transitive so can be used with a direct object (here ce que), parler cannot.
  3. « Je vais à la piscine », Sarah.[“I’m going to the pool” said Sarah]|dire = reporting verb in direct speech
  4. Étienne et Magalie se sont longtemps au téléphone.[Étienne and Magalie talked on the phone for ages.]|Use the reflexive form se parler to refer to phone calls.
  5. Madame Cerise a à son patron qu’elle souhaitait changer de poste.[Madame Cerise told her boss that she wanted to change jobs.]|dire = to tell someone something