OBJECTIVE: • In your own language you have thousands of words that are really, really similar to French. I AM going to give you French words for FREE right now !!
Look at SOME examples, you already know many 1000's of French words. * • Le pingouin visite l'Antarctique :
Each table shows how words that END in a particular set of characters (and sound) are the same in French.
ENGLISH PRODUCTION ATTENTION POPULATION SOLUTION ACTION FRENCH PRODUCTION ATTENTION POPULATION SOLUTION ACTION TION OR SION
. ENGLISH REALITY CITY ETERNITY ELECTRICITY LIBERTY FRENCH REALITÉ CITÉ ETERNITÉ ELECTRICITÉ LIBERTÉ ITY OR ITÉ
ENGLISH PICNIC SPECIFIC ATHLETIC PACIFIC TECHNIC FRENCH PICQUE-NIQUE SPÉCIFIQUE ATHLÉTIQUE PACIFIQUE TECHENIQUE Ic OR IQUE
Now impress your friends with: C'est une CONVERSATION CLASSIQUE!
The letters within the French Alphabet are the same as they are in the English one.The difference lies in the pronunciation. what about all those characters with funny lines on... Well these are called Accents and this is one of the most notable differences between written English and French. L'ALPHABET
LES ACCENTS: • É The aigu accent • È The grave accent • Ê The circumflex accent
From the earlier lesson you should now be able to see that some words are the same! However in French you must pronounce (say!) them differently. In French if the last letter of a word is an E, it is not pronounced unless it has an accent on it. Notice the last E in Pirate is silent, but you can hear the T! The French alphabet and those 26 (and a few) sounds!
P I R A T E: • P • I • R • A • T • E
TÉLÉVISION • T • É • L • É • V • I • S • I • O • N
ACCENTS ARE: They change the sound of the letter ACCENTS EXPLAINED !