Lyric and Poetry have pronunciation rules that are different than the written, and spoken French has no rules in comparison. Learning written French is only step one, and modern spoken French is your step two. This book is for learning written French.
Many courses of language study assume you are going there for vacation, and so begin their lessons with common survival phrases that people use. There is some of that in this book, but consider that "verbs" are what makes a language. There are six verbs in French that, when memorized, will give you a head start when moving on to learning sentences. The distinction between a phrase and a sentence, is that a phrase does not have a subject or verb.
This is why they are easy to learn, and a main part of vacation type books. You can't go wrong with a phrase. Unlike a phrase, a sentence is a grammatical unit. You will need nouns, pronouns, adjectives words that modify nouns , adverbs words that modify verbs and adjectives , etc. There are also different types of sentences: declarative statements , interrogative questions , exclamative exclamations , and commandative commands.
The structure of sentences, and not just phrases, must be studied and practiced in order to learn a new language. Most important, at beginning levels, is to get your French face on. This means pronunciation is critical. You do not want to have to unlearn anything when you get to the next level. The textual pronunciation examples here are based on the International Phonetic Alphabet IPA , and should be used to prepare your mind.
The IPA symbols are designed by scientists, and are no match to listening to French people within their own environment. It is important to actually listen to a real French speaker at this stage. Use the example voices contained in the book, but also watch French media on the Internet. You should be cautioned about French songs. It is acceptable for artists to twist a word for style and for rhyme, and they love to embellish endings.
You will also find that mutes are pronounced in lyric and poetry. It is often the case that a singer or poem recitation will say "ewnuh" for une and "veeuh" for vie. You may also note, to prevent boredom, a lyric may be "veeuh" on one verse, and "vee" on the next. Examples, as to why songs and poetry are added experiences in learning and enjoying the French language. Just as in English, you will use these as a base to create the fourteen 14 French tenses. Present, Future, Conditional, etc. Don't worry about tenses for this exercise.
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They are complications that will take months and years to master. Generally, only ten 10 tenses are used except for advanced levels of French. The above verbs must be mastered to even begin. You might think the list is too short, so feel free to add verbs into your flash-card rotation. The next verb examples, that are important to any language, are the movement type verbs. While you can "have, know, can, etc" you also need to "go, come, or stay" in many conversations. These verbs are considered basic building blocks. That brings us to the "Big Seven" French question words.
These, like the above will quickly become complicated as well. The following is obviously simplified, but your understanding at this level, will quickly get you to the next level. There are many methods for students to learn new subjects, and the first method is to use what are known as "tricks," designed to make it easier so it would seem. These tricks, in most cases, merely prevent the brain from storing the information for direct lookup. One example is the French word chat.
Others, such as changing -ment to -ly or -ant to -ing are a similar waste of time. A good example of the damage that can be done by these "tricks", is in learning Morse Code. Many teachers will begin by showing the dit's and dah's visually, and then make the sound using the key following each symbol. So that dah-di-da-dit "-.
Alas, this technique only works up to a certain speed, and then the students brain is so damaged, they have no hope of using the code any faster than 10 Words Per Minute. It was found in the 's , that if you just associate the whole sound with a letter, and ignore the combinations of dit's and dah's, that new students listening to 20 Words Per Minute for several weeks, were able to go to work immediately. A famous Scottish-American named Andrew Carnegie went from a message boy to head telegraph operator by learning to associate sounds with whole words, and not just writing down each character, as the method used by his peers.
The advice offered in this book, is to avoid these tricks , and to associate word and sentence sounds with their meaning. Listen to the new word or sentence, and store the meaning in your brain. Do not try to translate one language into your native language before responding.
Simply associate the word or sentence, but do not translate it. When you go shopping, and hear customers saying in English "How much is that? After associating ten things about the word "Combien" the brain will simplify matters for you, much like it pulls the steering wheel with your arm, after the eyes see a pot-hole ahead.
Forever more, "Combien" will be associated with a quantity "How much", or "How many" just as pot-holes are associated with "avoid. French is based on the Latin alphabet also called the Roman alphabet , and there are 26 letters. Originally there were 25 letters, with 'W' being added by the mid-nineteenth century. Unlike the English, who call it a "double-u," the French use "double-v" and pronounce it doo-bluh-vay after the 'V' which is pronounced vay.
These two letters are used mostly with adopted foreign words. The French alphabet used today is less than years old. In French, certain consonants are silent when they are the final letter of a word. The letters d , l , n , s , t and z are pronounced with the tip of the tongue against the upper teeth and the middle of the tongue against the roof of the mouth.
In English, one would pronounce these letters with the tip of the tongue at the roof of one's mouth. Unlike English, when you pronounce the letters b and p in French, little to no air should come out of your mouth. In terms of phonetics, the difference in the French b and p and their English counterparts is one of aspiration.
Fortunately, in English both aspirated and unaspirated variants allophones exist, but only in specific environments. If you're a native speaker, say the word pit and then the word spit out loud. Did you notice the extra puff of air in the first word that doesn't come with the second? The letter 'q' is always followed by a 'u'. There are only two exceptions, 'cinq' five and 'coq' rooster. A final 'r' after 'e' is generally mute, but it is pronounced on words of one syllable 'fer' iron , 'mer' sea and 'hier' yesterday.
The h is never pronounced, whether it is aspirated or not aspirated. The only way to tell if the h at the beginning of a word is aspirated is to look it up in the dictionary. In short, the words must be memorized. Five different kinds of accent marks are used in written French. In many cases, an accent changes the sound of the letter to which it is added. In others, the accent has no effect on pronunciation. Accents in French never indicate stress which always falls on the last syllable. The following table lists every French accent mark and the letters with which it can be combined:.
Since this reform is relatively recent and mostly unknown to laypeople, the two spellings can be used interchangeably.
The acute accent is the most common accent used in written French.
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