Authentic French movies, TV shows and videos are another great place to look and listen for transition words.
You’ll hear how they’re used naturally by real French speakers, which is invaluable to incorporating them into your own French.
When the transition begins the sentence, it should be followed by a comma: First, I researched the topic. When the transition connects two independent clauses, a semi-colon comes before it and a comma follows it: I researched the topic; afterwards, I created the presentation.
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I didn’t want to say it, but here it is…practice makes perfect, guys.It’s best at the beginning of sentences, when giving directions or when recounting a series of events. (Next, I prepare the cherry pie.)An easy way to remember this one (yet another in the series of your basic transition words), is that is the sequel or “the next one” in French. Translation: Then(the end) of something, but is also an interjection—a filler word, if you will.It’s a useful piece of vocab when delving into French book series and films, and this transition word is obviously useful for continuing a series of events or directions you may be giving. It can mean “well,” “all in all,” “I mean” or “at least.” It’s a multi-edged sword.Luckily, the French language has quite the catalog of transition words to help hold it all together.And let me tell you, the French love their transition words!You’ll find these fun tie-in words in every type of French literature, from children’s books to young adult fiction to classic literary masterpieces.Once you know the bulk of them, you can revel in the wonderful feeling of understanding that much more French text.When the dependent clause is at the beginning of the sentence, it should be followed by a comma: After I researched the topic, I created the presentation.Do not use a comma when the dependent clause is at the end of the sentence: I created the presentation after I researched the topic.Transition words are sprinkled all over your French texts (you’re doing your reading, right? In order to fully understand what you’re reading, knowing transition words is the final frontier. With this in mind, use the words transition words to try and guess from context if you’re unsure.If you still aren’t positive as to what a word means, highlight it for later and look it up in one of your French dictionaries.