Common French expressions

These idiomatic expressions are widely used in places where French is spoken, but some make little sense when translated directly into English. They’re similar to the English expressions How’s it going? or What’s up? in that, read literally, they don’t make much sense. How’s what going? Up where? Comment allez-vous? Pronounced commahn-tallay-voo, this phrase means How are you? Comment means how; allez is a conjugated version of the verb aller, meaning to go; and vous means you. Thus, the phrase translates …

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French Accent Marks – Aigu, Grave And More

Reading and pronouncing French accent marks can be tricky if you’re a beginner French student. But once you learn about these French symbols or diacritics, you’ll never view the English e the same way again! Take a look at the five kinds of French accent marks and how to use them. Learning their pronunciations will help you become better at French! French Accents List: The Five French Accent Marks ç – la cédille (the cedilla) é – l’accent aigu (the …

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French definite articles

The English definite article the translates into three separate words in French: (1) le, the definite article for singular masculine nouns; (2) la, the definite article for singular feminine nouns; and (3) les, the definite article for plural nouns of either gender. Before a vowel When either le or la comes before a noun that starts with a vowel sound, the e or a of the article is elided, creating l’—for example, l’eau (the water), l’accent (the accent), l’heure (the hour). A series of nouns …

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French alphabet pronunciation

French and English use the same alphabet (unlike the Spanish alphabet, for example, which has a few extra letters), but the letters are pronounced differently: a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z ahh bay say day ehh eff jhay ahsh ee jhee kahh ehll ehmm ehnn ohh pay koo aihr ess tay ooh vay doo-bluh-vay eex ee-grek zed The unaccented French e …

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