French For Beginners
par Olivier Malet

 

Chapter Seven

 

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28

 

 


SEMI CONSONANT
ALSO EXISTS IN ENGLISH BUT THE SPELLING DIFFERS FROM FRENCH:

/ j / as in yes French spelling: y + vowel voyage (trip)
      i + vowel Reliez (link, put together)
      ill travaillez (work!)
/ wa / as in What French spelling: oi quoi? (what?)
/ ui / French only French spelling: ui huit (eight)

 

> Listen : THE ALPHABET

The alphabet is used to spell words, your name, the name of a place etc…

Of course the pronunciation differs from English. Instead of giving you the alphabet in the traditional order we classified the letters according to the vowel sound they contain.

A H K
are pronounced with the vowel / a /

B, C, D, G, P, T, V, W
are pronounced with the vowel / e / = é (in French spelling)

E
is pronounced with the vowel / O / = e (in French spelling)

F, L, M, N, R, S, Z
is pronounced with the vowel / E / = è or ê (in French spelling)

I, J, X, Y
are pronounced with the vowel / i / = i (in French spelling)

O
is pronounced with the vowel / o /

note :

U, Q : are pronounced with the vowel / y / = u (in French spelling)

F, L, M, N, R, S, Z : are pronounced with a similar vowel in English and in French.

O : is pronounced with a similar vowel in English and in French.

BEWARE OF:

G & J : THE VOWELS ARE INVERTED

W IS PRONOUNCED : DOUBLE V

Y IS PRONOUNCED : I GREC

 

> Dictation: write down the letters you hear

 

You should have written : A, G, U, V, C, B, E, D, F, H, I, J, L, K, O, M, N, P, Q, R

 

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