Quick French For Beginners
Quick French For Beginners
Mastering pronunciation is fundamental in the study of foreign languages because mostly words are not pronounced the way they are pronounced in our first language(s). There is conventional linguistic pronunciation in all good dictionaries but these sings are not easy to pronounce especially to those who did not study linguistics formally. In Quick French for Beginners, the author has created very easy though unconventional sounds to help anyone from any background to read, speak and master the sounds of words with no difficulties.
As indicated above, when reading in French it is helpful to respect the following pronunciation rules. They are not conventional linguistic signs but the accurate English sound equivalents I have carefully created of the words represented just to help you speak and read correctly.
ai - as in maison, and pronounced /e/ mezon
ure -as in culture, and pronounced /uyr/ kul tuyr
eur - as in professeur, is pronounced /oe/ professoe
que -as in banque, and pronounced /k/, bank
ère -as in dernière, and pronounced / aiR/ dernyaiR
er -as in toucher, and pronounced /eh/ tuosheh
emme -as in femme, and pronounced /amm/ famm
tre -as in fenêtre, and pronounced /tR/fenetR
ble - as in capable, and pronounced /blle/ kapablle
esse -as in faiblesse, and pronounced /ess/ febless
iller - as in travailler, and pronounced /yeh/ travayeh
aux / eau - as in animaux/nouveau and pronouced /o/. animo / nuuvo
ch -as in chaise and pronounced /sh-/ /sheiz/
tch -as in tchuenté and pronounced /ch-/ / chwenté/
gn -as in gagner and pronounced /n/ /ganyé/
oi -as in voiture and pronounced /oua/ /vouatur/
ç -as in leçon and pronounced /s/ /leossong/
- ou -as in nouvel and pronounced /u/ /nuvel/
- tion -as in mutation and pronounced /siong/ /muytassiong/
- sion -as in expression and pronounced /syon/ /expresyong/
- ent -as in comment and pronounced /ang/ / komang/
- phie -as in geographie and pronounced / fiy/ /jiografiy/
NB: all er; ez and ée, ending words are prounced similarly. E.g manger, mangée and mangez.
These sounds [above] are not conventional phonetic sounds but my personal invention to help learners pronounce words since not everyone reading Quick French for Beginners might have read phonetics or linguistics. Besides, is phonetics not all about easing the learning of languages?
Read, Speak And Write French with ease
To read and speak French with ease, you need to know and note that hardly do we pronounce the last letters (in French). In English we do not pronounce the last letter 'e' like in note, pronounce, stage etc ... But we pronounce the last letter "t" like in last, put, sent etc.
Apart from these, almost all other letters, vowels and consonants are pronounced in English.
In French, the last letter of a word is hardly pronounced except they are the following letters:-
a,é, c, f, i, n, o and u.
'a' is pronounced as in tomba
é is pronounced as in fiancé,
"c" is pronounced as in lac,
"f" is pronounced as in sportif
'i' is pronounced as in fini
"n" is pronounced as in son.
'o' is pronounced as in porto
'u' is pronounced as in corrompu
You must have noticed the difference in pronunciation between the words France and fiancé , both ending in 'e' but only the é is pronounced!!!
The Liaison in reading and speaking French
By liason here, we mean the rule that permits two or more words to be lin