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Senior Member
Australia, English
Bonjour tout le monde!

Une note breve. . .

Je voudrais savoir comment s'appelle la premiere annee de l'ecole primaire en France. En anglais, on dit 'prep'.

Merci en avance!
  • jann

    English - USA
    Did you check our School system / système éducatif thread in the Resources subforum? I'm not personally familiar with the Australian system, so I'm not sure if you'll find the answer there. Please have a look, and if not, come back and post the AGE of a child in "prep"... it will help us to establish the equivalent French level. :)

    PS. For help typing accents on an English-language keyboard, please see our sticky. They really are important! :p


    New Member
    Australia, english
    Bonjour! je pense que c'est "cretin". cependant, quel age a-t-il?
    les enfants de cinq-six ans est en cretin! je sais! l'ánnee prochaine est quelque chose different.


    English - USA
    Welcome, Antoinette256! :)

    Bonjour! je pense que c'est "cretin".
    Oh, dear! I don't think so. I have never heard crétin used this way before. Perhaps you are thinking of la crèche, which is something like what we call day care or nursery school or preschool in the US.

    Let's wait for a native speaker to help us out here. It really would be very useful to know the age of a child in "prep," at the very least... and also, perhaps, whether "prep" is part of the national school system or rather something a parent selects and pays for individually.

    Moon Palace

    Senior Member
    Yes, Jann is right, crétin does not make sense at all in this context. and it would be an embarrassing mistake if used ;)
    5 years old = grande section d'école maternelle
    4 = moyenne section d'école maternelle
    3 = petite section d'école maternelle
    All these are the equivalent to nursery school
    Primary school starts at 6 with 'classe préparatoire', usually called CP.
    Hope it helps:)
    And a warm welcome to you, ANtoinette256!


    Senior Member
    Australia, English
    Merci beacoup. Ca m'aide suffisamment.
    Merci aussi pour le conseil a propos des accents - avant j'etais toujours obligée de copier le texte d'un autre document!
    Au revoir
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