The french language can come across as intricate to pronounce in the beginning, and even just a little complicated to comprehend. It really isn’t like languages such as English, Swedish, and the tonal ones. French is likely to roll along in a reasonably tedious number of sounds like they have the nasal sounds which appear to sound the same, and yet are not. Additionally, sounds may actually melt collectively from the one word in the last syllable to the very beginning syllable of the following word. These are some points you have to get familiar with as a novice. All those points are something that you should be aware of, noticing, and eventually getting familiar with.
As far as pronunciation is concerned, the ‘euh’ sound is something that you should get used to making. Words such as “Je”, “me” “le” and so forth. In French, there are a bunch of ‘euh”. The usage of ‘euh’ works similarly to the usage of ‘aah’ or ‘umm’ by the English speakers for a breather or spacer between phrases or words. As soon as you can, you kind of have to pick up on that and have it flow through as you are learning the French pronunciation.
Statements (Positive and Negative) and Questions
The advantageous asset of taking a look at instances from lessons you have already learned is that you most likely recognize the words. Commonly, if you are reading a book centres around sentence structure, you are supplied with varieties, in which you do not know the words, which is not exactly helpful
Gender and number
Japanese is one of the languages that have zero gender and zero number, but French comes with both. In terms of French language, adjectives, pronouns, or even verbs have to agree. Getting familiar with brand new grammar models will take time. You will not be able to learn it on your first try--or even sixth. Though, ultimately it will become second nature
Really shortly you will find out that while in forms of English verb do not change much for individual, in French all forms of the verb change, based on the individual, as well as tense and feeling. These are called verb modifications, the various junction kinds of verbs. It is extremely complicated keep these conjugations in mind. You can spend all the time in the world pouring over conjugation tables. You might remember them tomorrow, then you forget them, so you continuously have refer to them and actually see them in context
Subjunctive and Conditional
Without realizing that we actually have the same patterns in Engslish when it comes to the verb forms of moods in French. Some people are intimidated by the idea first. Obviously,the English conditional rotates around the “if” word.. For example, in a sentence like “I would go if..” and the likes. It works the same way with the “si” word in French language. When there is uncertainty about whether something will take place or not, the subjunctive is used, which is the first thing you are suggested to notice. You should not worry about whether you can “perfect” it when you speak or write. Slowly but surely, you will get more and more familiar with the subjunctive and the conditional.
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Exceptionally Tasty: Go on Wine Tasting
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French is deemed by many as a language that is lovely--basically the language that represents romance and lovey-dovey feeling. It could take you a while and energy to perfect it, nevertheless the benefits should be worth every penny. Trying to learn French, or simply just about any kind of language as an example, could possibly be a very fulfilling life experience. In spite of this, additionally it is a rather time intensive and discouraging procedure, in accordance with the strategy and means for which you are understanding it. Mastering French really should not be a battle. It might not be simple and easy language accessible to you, but within two months of dynamic learning, it is possible to certainly get to a speaking level.
These are several tips that may help your within my French-learning experience:
You've probably already read one of those catchy headlines: ‘10 secrets to dressing like a French woman’, 'A French woman's secret to staying slim?', ‘8 reasons why French women don’t age’…or maybe ‘Learn how to flirt like a French woman’.
Everywhere on the planet, many females seem to be intrigued by the French (woman’s) way of life and want to learn all the secrets of this internationally acclaimed ‘femme française’. Indeed, in the eye of many, French women have it all: they know how to enjoy the pleasures of life whilst still fitting into a size 8. They age gracefully and are savvy fashionistas regardless of their age!
On the surface, all this publicity about French women looks pretty flattering. Being a French woman myself, hearing all those praises should make me feel empowered and self-confident. Indeed, I am supposed to know all those life-changing secrets that other women crave to discover. But do I? And do most French women? Well...probably not.
The perception of the effortlessly elegant and eternally chic French woman is in reality a double-edged sword for many French ladies. We have no right to be overweight and no room for any fashion ‘faux pas’ – oh quelle horreur! Are we even allowed to be single coming from the ‘so called’ country of love? The expectations of how a French woman acts, looks and behaves are dauntingly high. Faced with the pressure of living up to this impossible standard of perfection, French women in reality must endure the embarrassment of failing to live up to these fantastical perceptions. What happens to French women who don’t dress or look like Parisian fashionistas? Is their ‘Frenchness’ questioned? Are they seen to be the exception to the rule when they are in reality… The rule?
So Frenchy…so chic–ish…
No one is denying that the French can be chic but often this attribute seems to be associated with the wearer of expensive brands. Interestingly, the amount of money spent in a year by French ladies on clothes is inferior to the amount spent by their female counterparts from the richest EU countries (1).The myth of the French ladies wearing Chanel dresses all year long doesn’t quite fit with the reality of their wallet.
Also when the French are asked about their top favorite brands, luxury brands such as Dior or Louis Vuitton are nowhere to be seen. The top brand is Amazon, Au bon Coin (equivalent of Gumtree) ranks number 6, Galerie Lafayette only ranks number 17.(2)
The truth about the French oh-la la body
That's a fact, the average size of French women is more petite than the Australians (the most common size amongst French women being a size 10 (20.6%) followed by a size 12 (16,66%) (1) when the average size of Australian women is between 14 and 16 (3), but that being said, the slimmer women (size 6/8), far from representing the majority ‘des francaises’ seem to be the one capturing all the attention.
In France, one woman out of three has difficulties finding clothes that fit them (1), as if retailers were also struggling accepting French women real body image. Only 17% of French women see their body as a glamorous asset and when asked what makes them feel good about their body image, 59% of French women answered that it is simply to be able to close their jeans buttons without any struggle. (66% amongst women aged 65 and +).(1)
In reality, both French and Australian women are fighting the same battle: the battle against extra kilos. In France, 7 women out of 10 declared they want to lose weight. 30% of women have already been on a diet and 9% have already dieted more than 10 times. This obsession with weight seems to start at a very early age as many women have confessed having starting their diet at age 10.(1) If you still think that French women are effortlessly slim...you might be interested to know that every second, French people spend 96 euros on fad diets or nearly 3 billion euros a year.(4) A chic method for staying slim!
An innate sense of style?
34% of French women wish they had stylist skills to be able to feel beautiful in all circumstances. This figure reaches 46% amongst women under 35.(1) Styling does not seem to come naturally to every French women even though they are praised for their look.
Like every nation, France is full of diversity. French women come in different sizes, styles and colours. Yes, French women are beautiful, with or without a Louis Vuitton bag, being a size 8 or 16. Loving France and its culture is also being curious enough to find out what the French are really about, so let’s keep going beyond clichés!
France + love = la vie en rose?
France is in the eye of many the ultimate romantic destination. Our iconic monuments, our beautiful paved streets seem to create the mood for anyone to fall in love. That being said, happy love does not happen for everyone...even in France. 14 million people live alone in the country of love and so for various reasons (single, separated, divorced,widows).(1) The markets of love coaching along with dating websites are booming as the French loneliness is becoming a central focus in the media.
The findings presented suggest that the “real” French woman is not dissimilar to any other woman in the world – they stress about not having the perfect body, adore a good bargain, don’t always pull together the most chic ensembles, find great love...lose love.....and can indulge by eating not just “une petite part de gâteau mais tout le gâteau “ (a little slice, but the whole cake!!). Along the same line, all women, being French or not, can find in themselves this intriguing and so attractive 'je ne sais quoi'!
(1) Francoscopie 2013
(2) L'étude OC&C Strategy Consultants 2013
(3) The Australian
(4) Centre d’information de la dietetique et de la minceur
Today we will be sharing some further advice to help you ‘French up‘ your English speaking world.
At Cosmopoli’French, we believe that learning opportunities are everywhere so everything surrounding you can potentially become a new learning tool.
Being adept of creative learning, Cosmopoli’French sees in our hyper technologic world an opportunity to enhance your language skills. Indeed, you will be surprised to see how a technologic device that pretty much never leaves you, can become part of your learning experience, so grab your SMART phone and start to Explore to Learn!
Here is the challenge of the week:
Put your phone on French mode!
To be able to complete this challenge, you will be required to change the language settings on your phone and switch to French.
This challenge will not only gives you the opportunity to broaden your vocabulary but will also gives you the chance to work on your pronunciation and written skills.
How can this challenge boost your vocabulary?
Immediately after having changed the settings on your phone, a lot of new words will come up on your screen:
Here are some of them:
- Paramètres: settings
- Langue: language
- Applis: applications
- Lecteur mp3: mp3 player
- Mes fichiers: my files
- Eteindre: swich off
- Recherche vocale: voice Search
Another way to broaden your vocabulary is to use the French version of your favourite applications such as Facebook or Twitter and have fun with it!
After one week on French mode, you will end up with a lot of new words to add to your vocabulary list.
How can this challenge help you work on your pronunciation?
Go on voice search and do an oral Google search in French. The accurate results will only come up if you pronounce the words properly.
You can start with the following:
- Restaurants français Melbourne.
- Festivals français Melbourne
- Films français Melbourne
How can this challenge help you work on your written skills?
During the challenge week, write at least 3 text messages in French to one of your French friends, to your partner, spouse…or future travel buddy! The message can be very simple, the point of this exercise is to push yourself to write sentences that can be used in every day life situations.
Here are a few expressions you can use:
- Quoi de neuf: What’s up?
- Comment se passe ta journée? How is your day going?
- Je pense à toi: Thinking of you
- Je t’appelle plus tard: I call you later
Have fun et à bientôt!
Shopping, next to visiting museums and monuments, seems to be one of the primary attractions of France.
Indeed, the French are well-known for their sense of style and fashion so naturally most travellers who visit France are excited about going shopping in the world's most popular tourist destination.
To be able to fully enjoy the experience, nothing beats interactions with the locals: an opportunity to better grasp local cultural differences whilst getting some fashion tips.
Here is the challenge of the week.
Do your shopping in a French shop and use as little English as possible.
*Useful expressions to use during your challenge*
Je cherche... I am looking for...
J'aurais besoin de quelques conseils ...I would need some advice.
Auriez-vous une taille... ? Would you have a size....?
Où sont les cabines d'essayage?...Where are the change rooms?
C'est trop court/long/serré ... It is too short/long/ tight
Je le/la prends! I take it!
Don't hesitate to take a few minutes to learn or revise your colours!
*What you get from this challenge*
- New French pieces in your wardrobe.
- A safe training environment ( you can still switch to English if it becomes too difficult) before your next attempt in a French speaking country
- The pleasure of discovering the French assets of your own city
-The opportunity to broaden your French vocabulary and boost your confidence
If you are in Melbourne, here are a few good addresses
- Le panier
- Blue Illusion
- Gris Metal
If you are in a different city, don't hesitate to research on Google to
find the best French shops close to you.
OOps...what did I just say? Check out the most embarrassing mistakes you absolutely don't want to make!
Making (a few) mistakes when speaking in a foreign language is something completely normal. Very often, those mistakes are gender related (eg. le voiture instead of la voiture) or are the result of a bad conjugation. When
conversing with French natives, your mistakes will be politely corrected and the conversation will gently go on.
However, some mistakes might interrupt the flow of the conversation and
even cause some red faces....Indeed, some pronunciation mistakes or wrong usage of a verb can completely change the meaning of your sentence and create some awkward moments.
Here are a few examples of very common 'gaffes' you really don't want to be making.
When being asked how you are. "comment ca va?'. Many learners tend to
answer by using a literal translation from English 'I'm good'.
'Je suis bien' which is incorrect but harmless but another answer could be
'Je suis bonne' (for women) which doesn't mean I'm good but I am sexually attractive.
This answer will probably be followed by an awkward moment of silence..
The correct sentence is : Je vais bien ou ça va.
If you want to comment on the weather and the hot temperature, again using a literal translation of the English ' I'm hot' is not a good idea
Je suis chaude (for women) doesn't mean I feel hot but I am sexually aroused...
The correct sentence is : J'ai chaud (for both men and women)
Going on a holiday is definitely a time for relaxation so if you decide to go have a massage, make sure you pronounce properly the parts of
the body you would like to get massaged.
Je voudrais un massage du cou ( pronounced 'koo') meaning I would like a neck massage. If mispronounced, you could end up saying 'Je voudrais un massage du cul (pronounced 'ku' ) meaning I would like an arse massage!!!! you might just be sent home with no massage at all.
You will probably spend a lot of time in French restaurants and ordering your meal in French would be a nice touch to your immersion experience.
For meat lovers, if you wish to try some duck make sure you pronounce it
the right way or you might get an awkward smile from the waiter.
'Je vais prendre le connard' I'm gonna have the schmuck when you are meant to say 'Je vais prendre le canard' ( i'm gonna have the duck)
At the end of your meal, after enjoying your 'cAAAnard' if the
waiter asks you 'Vous avez terminé?' (Are you done?)
You can reply 'Oui j'ai fini,merci. (I have finished, thank you) and not
'Oui, je suis fini(e), merci. (Yes, I am doomed, thank you)
Feel free to share your awkward moments (moment de solitude in French) so we can all benefit from your experience by not making the same mistakes!
It is very easy to find a French textbook along with a French cd and work on your pronunciation from home repeating sentences and words over and over again.
There are maybe some alternatives to make the exercice a bit more
Go on Youtube and find some French songs by typing 'variété
française' or 'chansons françaises'. Pick a song with a slow pace. Find
the lyrics and translation on Google and you are ready to start!
Listen to the artist first, sing along with the music next and compare
your pronunciation to what you hear. For the brave ones, you can find
karaoke versions on Youtube!!
Here is a song that I really like, your first attempt maybe?
Emotions are usually the most difficult things to express in a foreign language. Thinking about the gender of each noun and the conjugation of verbs is already hard work but when strong emotions are added to the mix putting a sentence together can become even trickier.
Before being able to express emotions verbally let's try to work on how to put them down on paper. By repeating this exercise, you will broaden your vocabulary and feel more confident when required to express emotions in public.
Here's the challenge of the week!
Watch a French film, listen to a French song or read a French article and express how it makes you feel.
*Useful words and expressions to complete this challenge*:
Apres avoir écouté cette chanson/avoir vu ce film/avoir lu cet article: After listening to this song/watching this movie/ reading this article
Je me sens: I feel
Je suis: I am
En colère: angry
Je me sens concerné(e): I care/I can relate
*Some resources you might want to use for this challenge*:
Enjoy et a bientôt!
We all have favourite expressions or words that we use all the time. Those words define our communication style and say a lot about who we are. When expressing ourselves in a foreign language, we want to be able to use expressions that define us... but do we know their equivalent?
Here are some commonly used English expressions transposed into French.
By the way: au fait
In fact: en fait
Indeed: en effet
Whatever: peu importe
Nevermind: c'est rien/ laisse(z) tomber
Long story short: pour faire court
These expressions can add more depth or strength to your speech and help you sound more articulate, so feel free to add your favourite expressions to this list and use them when conversing during class or with French people you know!
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