Avoir practice for beginners: J’ai

The Verb Avoir:  J’ai

Friendly French video clip to illustrate the 1st person of the verb Avoir:
 J’ai
J’ai
comes from:  Je + ai 
J’ai  =    I have 
J’ai un chien
=  I have a dog

Try to picture the idea of having hunger or having years that belong to you …
Why? Because instead of saying ‘I am hungry’ or ‘I am 9′,  French people say,  ‘I have hunger‘ and ‘I have 9 years‘:
J’ai (I have) faim            =  I am hungry
J’ai (I have) neuf ans   =  I am nine

Watch the video clip below.  Listen and join in.  Pause and repeat as much as you need to.  Learn the vocabulary.

Avoir Practice: Video clip for children:


Video Transcript in French and English
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J’AI
Qu’est-ce que tu as?
What have you got?
J’ai des bottes.
I have some boots.
J’ai un chien.
I have a dog.
J’ai un cochon d’Inde.
I have a guinea pig.
J’ai un cadeau.
I have a present.
J’ai des devoirs.
I have some homework.
J’ai une gomme.
I have a rubber.

Et toi?  Qu’est-ce que tu as?
And you?  What have you got?
J’ai un gâteau.
I have a cake.
Et toi?  Qu’est-ce que tu as?
And you?  What have you got?
J’ai un sourire!
I have a smile!
J’ai une maman!
I have a mum!
Et toi?  Qu’est-ce que tu as?
And you?  What have you got?
J’ai un jouet.
I have a toy.

J’ai mal à la tête! 
I have a headache
Et toi?  Qu’est-ce que tu as?
And you?  What’s wrong? (What have you got?)
J’ai mal au doigt!
I have a sore finger!

ATTENTION!
J’ai faim!             I am hungry
J’ai soif!               I am thirsty
J’ai froid!             I am cold
J’ai chaud!          I am hot
J’ai sommeil!     I am sleepy

AGE IN FRENCH
J’ai dix ans.        I am ten
J’ai deux ans.    I am two
J’ai cinq ans.      I am five
J’ai sept ans.     I am seven
J’ai neuf ans.     I am nine
J’ai seize ans      I am sixteen

For more practice on this topic go to: avoir in the present tense

French for Children

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Avoir for Beginners - J'ai
C’est mon gâteau:  J’ai  sept ans!