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If you like Humans of New York, be sure to take a look at Portraits de Montréal. The creators strike up conversations with strangers and post part of the conversation online for us to read, accompanied by a photo.

As I browsed through the images on Facebook, I came across two examples of French that you’ll find useful to learn:

au primaire, (when I was) in primary school
au secondaire, (when I was) in secondary school

A young woman says:

Je me faisais intimider quand j’étais au primaire.
I was bullied when I was in primary school.

If you click on the thumbnail, you can read the entire quote on Facebook.

au-secondaireAnother young woman says:

J’avais des troubles du comportement intenses au secondaire.
I had severe behaviour issues when I was in secondary school.

I often notice learners of French wonder how to talk about their school years in Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, etc.

Learn this third expression: en (première, deuxième…) année.

quand j’étais en quatrième année
when I was in Grade 4

Similarly, if you have Grade 12 where you live, you can say the expression “in Grade 12” as en douzième année.

Don’t say en grade douze. The word grade does exist in French, of course, but it’s not used to talk about school years.

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