A Glimpse of Annecy

Annecy is one of the villages at the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France and it is known for its lake, Lac d’Annecy. Together with our very own Taal Lake in the Philippines, Lake Annecy has also been featured as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world at Budget Travel magazine.

Tell me, who would ever contend?

From the city proper, there’s a beautiful green park and a very charming canal, alluring us to walk a few steps more; and there you will find where the water is coming from. At the foot of a majestic mountain lies the equally bewitching lake of Annecy.

We found ourselves very lucky, since the weather turned out to be warmer than we expected. The bright, sunny day added to the beauty of the lake. The water’s captivatingly clear that I really felt like going for a good plunge, just like the ducks here that were not shy to show off their butts!

I'm standing here at the picturesque Bridge of Love (Pont des Amours). Where's my Romeo? He might be there, sinking.

There’s a cruise that gives tourists a wonderful way to appreciate the lake.  There’s lunch and dinner options for a 2-hour cruise ride. For short tour, say thirty minutes, there are also small wooden boats around.

Annecy is a nice place to walk around. As you pass by the European Gardens, there’s a bigger canal that somewhat welcomes you to the old town of Annecy.

The most recognizable landmark in this part of Annecy is the Palais de I’lle that sits on a small island in the middle of the river canal. It’s also known to be a prison-castle because it was originally built as a home to a lord until it was used as a prison at later time. Now it serves as a museum showing the history of the building and the city.

I got caught up by the little castle in the middle that I didn’t realize that we went inside the Church of St Maurice, which is apparently known for a 15th century mural of a decomposing corpse for a noble, which is also thought to be a reflection of the anxieties over the 100 years war.

If only I knew, I wouldn't miss that creepy mural.

Along the emerald green Thiou River you’ll find the rustic establishments with traditional architecture in the old town. It’s a rather nice stroll at a cobblestone street on a bright, sunny Friday. As my colleague’s mom summed up this quick, fancy tour, “what else can you complain, iha?”

week enders: @____@

“About week enders, I’ll give you snippets of the highs and lows of my week.”

Sorry for the late post. I got stuck in Paris and also in bed the day after.

09.05.2011 monday

– I was a sleepy kid on my way to work, but a cool animated doodle from Google woke me up. It’s the birthday of Queen’s Freddie Mercury! He must be 65.

– In the tune of Bahay Kubo:

Bahay Condo, kahit munti, ang mga Gadgets doon ay sari sari…
Flat screen na TV, Blu-Ray DVD …IPOD, IPAD, IPHONE…
Laptop na malaki, Laptop na maliit at saka meron pa, portable MP3…
… …Digicam, Videocam, WIFI at HD…
Sa paligid – ligid ay puno ng…….Chargeeeerrrr! =))

@perkyperps: “F for effort! Fitness First, nkk-miss ang 2 sawa na drinks mo & ang les mills group workouts! i have to fly 2 Paris p 4 FF, e4t tlga if evr!”

– I need help. Fly with? Emirates? Etihad? Gulf Air? Qatar? Discuss.

– It’s “National Brother Week,” yay! I love you very much, brother dear. Muah.

Your Brother is your first male friend in life. No one will ever understand your crazy family like your Brother. Even if you don’t get together or talk as much as you could, he’ll always remain your friend. While people come and go in your life, your brother will be in your heart for a lifetime. Its “National Brother Week”, re-post if you have or had a brother that you love.

– I’m back to first page all over again. I have to. Sorry for missing you, Jung!

– Mark your calendar: January 20, 2012. 01.20.2012, WoW. I didn’t notice this until now! Seriously. I wonder what’s gonna be in store.

– 5 sleepless nights to go!

To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.-Victor Hugo

09.06.2011 tuesday

– The pantry terribly stinks! Here’s the culprit.

I need a gas mask.

– Or no, it must be 01.21.2012. Bongga pa rin ang date! Parang ikakasal lang. *wink*

– There’s a giant croc captured in Agusan del Sur creek, if only Steve Irwin is alive! Read on the story here.

– Dear Thai Lady, Are these chopsticks replacing the chili flakes? No way. Yours truly, Pad Thai Fan

– Out of charity for its fellow European countries, bababa muna mula sa heaven’s above ang Swiss francs. Read here. For us that means, balik below singkwenta ang palitan, waah.

Kulitan sa FB moment:

NH:  sabay tayo @_@

Moi: @___@ Rolls eyes pala ito! Ahaha. Akala ko nahiheelo. : ))

DG: Huy, hindi roll eyes ang @_@.

NH: diba? kala ko it is! lol

Moi:  Si Nikolai kasi eh!!!
(background music: batang-bata ka pa by Apo hiking Society)

NH:  hmmmp!  rolleyes!

Moi:  LOL!!! *rolls over*

Vatel Manila:  Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

– 4 sleepless nights to go!

“When Paris sneezes, Europe catches cold.” – Metternich

09.07.2011 wednesday

Early morning temptation, how tempting! No, thank you but I'll stick to the plan.

– R and I ate at G’s house for lunch. We ate pork sinigang and pork binagoongan, very yummy! I got another cooking idea. For pork binagoongan, add some tomatoes for a sweeter, more tangy taste. I like it!

– G gave me a book as her mini surprise. It’s The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Again, it’s a secondhand book that’s being sold for charity for only 2chf. Heaven. Oh, G gave me some dried mangoes, too!

– Except the week enders, coffee reads and spend a friday night, I’ll slow down from blogging (and snooping around too) until I finish my 2 major projects. It MUST be a deal. And I’m re-categorizing my blog entries. Clean-up is a must, too!

– There’s a pretty name I want to make a comeback, it’s PERPIE!

– Grilled duck. Baked potatoes. Cheeses. Wines. Eye cream to magic realism. Indeed it was a beautiful dinner. So I ate a lot again, jog 2x more the next day.

– Big 3 sleepless nights to go!

“Quarrels in France strengthen a love affair, in America they end it.” -The Paris Diary of Ned Rorem

09.08.2011 thursday

Wrong timing, it’s the start of the long weekend and a good chance to go the extra mile but I wasn’t at my top form. *hingal*

– Another cooking eureka, I got to know how to make croutons! No more buying from the supermarket, it’s terribly easy to make one.

– User cannot login. Invalid user name and password. Oh please, surfer, help me (to) get out of here! Hmprf.

– Login success, but wait, there’s more! 500 internal server error. Hmprf!

– I’ve got 2 apps installed, FileZilla and instant wordpress.

– 2 sleepless nights to go! Woot.

“There is never any ending to Paris, and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. Paris was always worth it, and you received return for whatever you brought to it…” Ernest Hemingway, in A Moveable Feast

09.09.2011 friday

– I looked at my notepad, reviewed the schedule, and jumped out of the breakfast table. Look where I got myself at after.

– According to Budget Travel magazine, Lake Annecy of France is one of the 12 most beautiful lakes in the world. Our very own Taal Lake is also one of the best.

– I, together with G and her mom, ate our lunch at one of the restaurants along the creek side. After that, we went around Annecy’s old town. It’s another beautiful village indeed.

– G and I had coffee and tea at La Boutique Folliet, which reminded me of an equally trendy (but quirky) coffee/tea store in Mall of Asia (so I heard, the now-defunct Chaikofi). I bought tea packets dubbed as “In the Mood for Love” and “Explorateur.” My id chose, I just followed.

my tea at Annecy

– Then we stopped by Le Pont de la Caille and an apple orchard at Nyon for another series of photo shoot.

moi at Le Pont de la Caille

– The big day begins:

“Paris…is a world meant for the walker alone, for only the pace of strolling can take in all the rich (if muted) detail…” Edmund White in The Flaneur

09.03.2011 saturday

– After waking up with only 10 minutes left to prepare before leaving the house, my gut feel’s telling me that the day’s gonna be slightly jinxed, but we’ll survive anyway.

– Midday, it was very hot in Paris. We visited Sacre Coeur and the artists’ village at Place du Tertre, Montmartre.  My experience with the street sketch artists was a booby trap.

– Parisians were too hot on that day. I don’t mean it in a flattering way. Some of them were snobs too, hrmpf!

– Oh, the grandeur of Galerie Lafayette! We’re off to buy the much-coveted Louis Vuitton handbag. At that time, the LV store was invaded by the Chinese, Japanese, and us. In Lafayette too my buddies had sushi and I had Chinese dumplings for quick lunch, so yummy! Wait, are we still in Paris?

– I almost gave in to buy one for myself, but I started singing like, No, no, no…

– The metro of Paris is more complicated and less tourist-friendly than the Madrid metro. Nonetheless the trendy Franklin D. Roosevelt station is LOVE.

Look at these lamps, my dear!

– I conquered the Eiffel Tower at last, from afar. Click! Click! Click! Also Arc du Triomphe, from afar, my camera’s in super zoom. Click! Click! Click!

– In almost every travel, you would come across an awful restaurant and taste an equally awful meal. My first dinner in Paris is definitely one.

– Crazy Paris, bonne nuit!

It must be the moon.

09.04.2011 sunday

– It was like a dream but it’s all real!

I'm channeling Sophie Neveu to get the Da Vinci Code drama.

– I am in heaven. I’m speechless.  I want to stay more. Oh Louvre, I’m in love!

– So this is THE Mona Lisa. You’re such a sought-after, my dear. It took me small, quick steps and giant leaps to finally meet you.

– I’m not keen with African art. At times, they give me the creeps.

This one is rather amusing.

– The Louvre Museum is only the beginning.

– At the Orsay Museum, it is such a great, great honor to finally meet you, Monsieur Van Gogh! (Curtsies)

– The best meal I had althroughout the trip, I had it at Post Café. Merci beaucoup!

– I felt like rushing towards home. I’m sorry but it’s a kinda dirty, smelly, crazy Paris for me. I just feel so sad for this ought-to-be perfectly beautiful city; but I’m gonna give Paris another chance.

Apprendre la Langue Française (Part 76): improve your french

Improve your French listening comprehension.

1) Listen first

If you want to test your aural comprehension and/or you feel comfortable with your listening skills, listen to the sound file one or more times, to see how much you understand. Then read through the transcript and/or translation, either before or while listening to the sound file again, to fill in any gaps.

2) Read first

Students who don’t feel up to the challenge of listening first might be better off doing just the opposite: read or skim the transcript first to get an idea of what it’s about, and then listen to the sound file. You can listen while reading along with the transcript and/or translation, or just listen and then go back to the transcript, to see how much you were able to pick up.

3) Listen and read

This third option is the best for students with very weak listening skills. Open up the transcript or translation in a new window, and then start the sound file so that you can follow the script as you listen. This will help to make the connection between what you are hearing and what it means. (This is similar to watching a French movie while reading the English subtitles.)

The “listen first” technique is the most challenging. If you feel confident in your listening skills or you’d like get an idea of how good they are, that method is best. Less advanced students, however, may find that listening first is too difficult and even frustrating. If your listening skills are weak, you will likely find it helpful to see the transcript and/or translation before or while listening. It doesn’t matter which method you choose – your goal here is to improve your listening comprehension. Just keep listening and checking the transcript as many times as it takes until finally you can understand the sound file without looking at the transcript. If you do these kinds of exercises regularly, I guarantee that your listening comprehension will improve.

Improve your French pronunciation

Know your genders. One of the most important things to remember about French nouns is that each one has a gender. While there are a few patterns that let you know what the gender of a particular word is, for most words it’s just a matter of memorization. Therefore, the best way to know whether a word is masculine or feminine is to make all your vocabulary lists with an article, so that you learn the gender with the word itself. Always write une chaise or la chaise (chair), rather than just chaise. When you learn the gender as part of the word, you’ll always know what gender it is later on when you need to use it.

This is particularly important with what I call dual-gender nouns. Dozens of French pairs have different meanings depending on whether they are masculine or feminine, so yes, gender really does make a difference.

Chance encounters. When reading French, it’s very likely that you’ll come across a lot of new vocabulary. While looking up every single word you don’t know in the dictionary may disrupt your comprehension of the story, you might not understand anyway without some of those key terms. So you have a few options:

1. Underline the words and look them up later
2. Write down the words and look them up later
3. Look up the words as you go

Underlining is the best technique, because when you look the words up later, you have the context right there in the case of words with multiple meanings. If that’s not an option, try to write down the sentence in your vocabulary list, rather than just the word itself. Once you’ve looked everything up, read the article again, with or without referring back to your list, to see how much more you understand now. Another option is to look up all the words after each paragraph or each page, rather than waiting until you’ve read the whole thing.

Listening can also offer up a lot of new vocabulary. Again, it’s a good idea to write down the phrase or sentence so that you have context to understand the meaning provided.

Get a decent dictionary. If you’re still using one of those little pocket dictionaries, you need to seriously consider an upgrade. When it comes to French dictionaries, bigger really is better.

Practice French Vocabulary. Once you’ve learned all this new French vocabulary, you need to practice it. The more you practice, the easier it will be for you to find just the right word when speaking and writing, as well as to understand when listening and reading. Some of these activities might seem boring or silly, but the point is simply to get you used to seeing, hearing, and speaking the words – here are some ideas:

1) Say it out loud.
When you come across a new word while reading a book, newspaper, or French lesson, say it out loud. Seeing new words is good, but saying them out loud is even better, because it gives you practice both speaking and listening to the sound of the word.

2) Write it out.
Spend 10 to 15 minutes every day writing lists of vocabulary. You can work with different themes, such as “kitchen items” or “automotive terms,” or just practice words that you continue to have trouble with. After you write them down, say them out loud. Then write them again, say them again, and repeat 5 or 10 times. When you do this, you’ll see the words, feel what it’s like to say them, and hear them, all of which will help you the next time you are actually speaking French.

3) Use flashcards.
Make a set of flashcards for new vocabulary by writing the French term on one side (along with an article, in the case of nouns) and the English translation on the other.

4) Label everything.
Surround yourself with French by labeling your home and office with stickers or post-it notes.

5) Use it in a sentence.
When you go over your vocab lists, don’t just look at the words – put them into sentences. Try making 3 different sentences with each word, or try to create a paragraph or two using all the new words together.

6) Sing along.
Set some vocabulary to a simple tune, like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” and sing it in the shower, in your car on the way to work/school, or while washing the dishes.

7)Mots fléchés
French-style crossword puzzles, mots fléchés, are a great way to challenge your knowledge of French vocabulary.

8) Test yourself.
See how well you know your words by taking a few French vocabulary quizzes.

9) Vocabulary Books. Another way to learn and practice French vocabulary is with specialized vocabulary books.

Improve your French verb conjugations

Conjugating French verbs in a workbook or letter is one thing, but remembering individual verb conjugations when you’re speaking is another matter entirely. Here are some tips to help you get better at conjugating French verbs.

1) Learn the Conjugations

Before you can even start to worry about speaking French with correctly conjugated verbs, you have to learn the conjugations.

2) Practice Conjugating

Once you’ve learned the conjugations, you need to practice them. The more you practice, the easier it will be for you to “grab” the right conjugation during spontaneous discussion. Some of these activities might seem boring or silly, but the point is simply to get you used to seeing, hearing, and speaking the conjugations – here are some ideas:

Say them out loud. When you come across verbs while reading a book, newspaper, or French lesson, say the subject and verb out loud. Reading conjugations is good, but saying them out loud is even better, because it gives you practice both speaking and listening to the conjugation.

Write them out. Spend 10 to 15 minutes every day conjugating verbs along with the appropriate subject pronouns. You can practice writing either the conjugations for several different tenses/moods of a single verb, or all of the, for example, imperfect conjugations for several verbs. After you write them out, say them out loud. Then write them again, say them again, and repeat 5 or 10 times. When you do this, you’ll see the conjugations, feel what it’s like to say them, and hear them, all of which will help you the next time you are actually speaking French.

Conjugations for everyone. Pick up a newspaper or book and look for a verb conjugation. Say it out loud, then reconjugate the verb for all the other grammatical persons. So if you see il est (he is), you’ll write and/or speak all of the present tense conjugations for être. When you’re done, look for another verb and do the same thing.

Change the tense. This is similar to the above, but this time you reconjugate the verb into other tenses you want to practice. For example, if you see the third person singular present tense il est, change it to il a été (passé composé), il était (imperfect), and il sera (future). Write and/or speak these new conjugations, then look for another verb.

Sing along. Set some conjugations to a simple tune, like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” or “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” and sing it in the shower, in your car on the way to work/school, or while washing the dishes.

Use flashcards. Make a set of flashcards for the verbs you have the most trouble with by writing a subject pronoun and the infinitive on one side and the correct conjugation on the other. Then test yourself by looking at the first side and saying the subject and its conjugation out loud, or by looking at the conjugation and deciding which subject pronoun(s) it’s conjugated for.

Test yourself. See how well you know your conjugations.  Another way to practice conjugations is with specialized French verb workbooks.

Improve your French vocabulary

Speaking French is more than just knowing the vocabulary and grammar rules – you also need to pronounce the letters correctly. Unless you started learning French as a child, you’re unlikely to ever sound like a native speaker, but it’s certainly not impossible for adults to speak with a decent French accent. Here are some ideas to help you improve your French pronunciation.

1) Learn French Sounds.

Basic French pronunciation – The first thing you need to do is understand how each letter is usually pronounced in French.

Letters in detail – As in English, some letters have two or more sounds, and letter combinations often make completely new sounds.

French accents – Accents don’t show up on certain letters just for decoration – they often give clues about how to pronounce those letters.

International Phonetic Alphabet – Familiarize yourself with the pronunciation symbols used in French dictionaries.

2) Get a decent dictionary

When you see a new word, you can look it up to find out how it’s pronounced. But if you’re using a little pocket dictionary, you’ll find that many words aren’t there. When it comes to French dictionaries, bigger really is better. Some French dictionary software even includes sound files.

2) Pronunciation Preparation and Practice

Once you’ve learned how to pronounce everything, you need to practice it. The more you speak, the easier it will be to make all of those sounds. Here are some techniques that can help you in your French accent improvement project.

3) Listen to French
The more you listen to French, the better you’ll get at hearing and distinguishing between unfamiliar sounds, and the easier it will be for you to produce them yourself.

4) Listen and repeat

Sure, this isn’t something you’d do in real life, but mimicking words or phrases over and over is an excellent way to develop your pronunciation skills. My French audio dictionary has 2,500 sound files of words and short phrases.

5) Listen to yourself

Record yourself speaking French and then listen carefully to the playback – you might discover pronunciation mistakes that you’re not aware of when you speak.

6) Read out loud

If you’re still stumbling over words with tricky letter combinations or lots of syllables, you definitely need more practice. Try reading out loud to get used to making all of those new sounds.

7) Pronunciation Problems

Depending on your native language, certain French sounds and pronunciation concepts are more difficult than others.

8) Speak Like the Natives

When you learn French, you learn the correct way to say everything, not necessarily the way the French actually say it.

9) Pronunciation Tools
Unlike grammar and vocabulary, pronunciation is something that you can’t learn by reading (although there are some excellent French pronunciation books). But you really do need to interact with native speakers. Ideally, you would do this face to face, such as by going to France or another French-speaking country, taking a class, working with a tutor, or joining the Alliance Française.

If those truly are not an option, at the very least you need to listen to French, such as with these tools:
* French listening online
* French audio books
* French audio magazines
* French audio tapes and CDs
* French radio
* French software
* French TV

The Bottom Line
Getting a good French accent is all about practice – both passive (listening) and active (speaking). Practice really does make perfect.

Apprendre la Langue Française (Part 75): le participé passé

Source: french.about.com

The past participle, called le participe passé in French, is very similar in French and English. The French past participle usually ends in , -i, or -u, while its English equivalent usually ends in -ed or -en. The past participle has three main uses in French:

1. With an auxiliary verb, the past participle forms compound tenses such as the passé composé:

J’ai travaillé hier. I worked yesterday.

Il est arrivé à midi. He arrived at noon.

2. With être, the past participle is used to conjugate the French passive voice.

Le ménage est fait tous les jours. The housework is done every day.

Ce film sera suivi d’une discussion. This movie will be followed by a discussion.

3. Standing alone or with être, the French past participle may be an adjective. Note that in some instances, the participe passé must be translated by the English present participle.

Fatigué, je suis rentré à minuit. Tired, I went home at midnight.

Le garçon déçu a pleuré. The disappointed boy cried.

Le chien assis sur le canapé est mignon. The dog sitting (seated) on the couch is cute.

Je ne vois pas d’homme agenouillé. I don’t see a kneeling man.

Ce livre est écrit en espagnol. This book is written in Spanish.

Sais-tu si le débat est terminé ? Do you know if the debate is finished?

When used in the passive voice or as an adjective, the past participle needs to agree in gender and number with the word it modifies, following the normal rules of adjective agreement. In the compound tenses, it may or may not need to agree, depending on certain factors.

La voiture est lavée par mon fils. The car is washed by my son.

Les solutions proposées sont parfaites. The proposed solutions are perfect.

Elles sont allées à la banque. They went to the bank.

Où est Lise ? Je l’ai vue ce matin. Where is Lise? I saw her this morning.

The past participle of regular verbs is formed by dropping the infinitive ending of a verb and adding é, i, or u to -er, -ir, and -re verbs, respectively:

-ER verbs
Verb parler (to talk)
Remove er
Add é
Past participle parlé (talked)

-IR verbs
Verb réussir (to succeed)
Remove ir
Add i
Past participle réussi (succeeded)

-RE verbs
Verb vendre (to sell)
Remove re
Add u
Past participle vendu (sold)

Most irregular French verbs have irregular past participles:

acquérir > acquis
apprendre > appris
atteindre > atteint
avoir > eu

boire > bu

comprendre > compris
conduire > conduit
connaître > connu
construire > construit
courir > couru
couvrir > couvert
craindre > craint
croire > cru

décevoir > déçu
découvrir > découvert
devoir > dû
dire > dit

écrire > écrit
être > été

faire > fait

instruire > instruit

joindre > joint

lire > lu

mettre > mis
mourir > mort

offrir > offert
ouvrir > ouvert

naître > né

paraître > paru
peindre > peint
pouvoir > pu
prendre > pris
produire > produit

recevoir > reçu

savoir > su
souffrir > souffert
suivre > suivi

tenir > tenu

venir > venu
vivre > vécu
voir > vu
vouloir > voulu

Apprendre la Langue Française (Part 73): les verbes terminent part -ir (deuxieme groupe, conjugaison au présent)

Source: french.about.com

Regular -IR verbs are the second largest category of French verbs.

The verb form that ends in -IR is called the infinitive (in English, the infinitive is the verb preceded by the word “to”), and -IR is the infinitive ending. The verb with the infinitive ending removed is called the stem or radical.

To conjugate an -IR verb in the present tense, remove the infinitive ending and then add the appropriate endings. For example, here are the present tense conjugations for the regular -IR verbs choisir (to choose), finir (to finish), and réussir (to succeed):

Pronoun Ending choisir > chois- finir > fin- ussir > réuss-
je -is choisis finis réussis
tu -is choisis finis réussis
il/elle -it choisit finit réussit
nous -issons choissisons finissisons réussisons
vous -issez choissisez finissisez réussisez
ils/elles -issent choisissent finisissent réusissent

Regular -IR verbs share conjugation patterns in all tenses and moods.

Here are just a few of the most common regular -IR verbs:

abolir – to abolish

agir – to act

avertir – to warn

bâtir – to build

bénir – to bless

choisir – to choose

établir – to establish

étourdir – to stun, deafen, make dizzy

finir – to finish

grossir – to gain weight, get fat

guérir – to cure, heal, recover

maigrir – to lose weight, get thin

nourrir – to feed, nourish

obéir – to obey

punir – to punish

réfléchir – to reflect, think

remplir – to to fill

réussir – to succeed

rougir – to blush, turn red

vieillir – to grow old

There are two groups of irregular -IR verbs:

1. The first group of irregular verbs includes dormir, mentir, partir, sentir, servir, sortir, and all of their derivations (repartir, etc). These verbs drop the last letter of the radical in the singular conjugations.

2. The second group of verbs includes couvrir, cueillir, découvrir, offrir, ouvrir, souffrir, and their derivations (recouvrir, etc). These verbs are conjugated like regular -ER verbs.

The rest of the irregular -IR verbs don’t follow a pattern – you have to memorize the conjugations for each one separately: asseoir, courir, devoir, falloir, mourir, pleuvoir, pouvoir, recevoir, savoir, tenir, valoir, venir, voir, vouloir.

Pronoun Ending dormir > dor(m)- Ending couvrir > couvr-
je -s dors -e couvre
tu -s dors -es couvres
il/elle -t dort -e couvre
nous -ons dormons -ons couvrons
vous -ez dormez -ez couvrez
ils/elles -ent dorment -ent couvrent