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...You are learning how to introduce yourself in a formal way....

LISTEN TO THE DIALOGUE… AND REPEAT!
Écouter!
- Bonjour. Je suis François Clairon. Et vous, vous êtes?
- Je suis Hélène. Hélène Dupuis. enchantée. Ça va?
- Oui. Merci merci. Et vous?
- Très bien.
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VOCABULARY
Glad to meet youEnchanté
VeryTrès
And you?Et vous?
Very goodTrès bien
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TO BE CONTINUED...

After one hour of extensive chat about quite everything, your mum calls. Oh dear! You have to leave your new friend.

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2ND DIALOGUE..
Écouter!
- Bon. Au revoir Hélène. A bientôt, j'espère.
- Oui. Au revoir François.
- Bonne fin de soirée.
- Oui. A vous aussi. A bientôt.
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...You are learning to say bye bye to someone (in a formal way)....

VOCABULAIRE
GoodbyeAu revoir
See you soonA bientôt
I hopeJ'espère
EndFin
EveningSoirée
As WellAussi
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FORMAL AND INFORMAL

Yes. It was the beginning of a love story but his mum needed some cat food and a bottle of milk!

If you listen
to the dialogue another time, you’ll find it a little bit formal. The next dialogue is a lot more informal.

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A LITTLE CHAT ONLINE?
Écouter!
- Salut Sandrine, ça va?
- Salut Hugo! Ouais, ça va super. Et toi?
- Ouais. Je suis fatigué mais ça va.
- Bon. Il est tard. Au revoir.
- Oui. Salut. A bientôt.
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...You are learning how to greet someone in an informal way....

VOCABULARY
YeahOuais
GreatSuper
ButMais
TiredFatigué
LateTard
See youA bientôt
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THE ALPHABET

Time to take a look at the French alphabet. Most of you should recognise some of the letters and some countries!

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ALPHABET WITH NAME OF COUNTRIES
[ A,a ]Algérie
[ B,b ]Belgique
[ C,c ]Cuba
[ D,d ]Dubaï
[ E,e ]Angleterre
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[ F,f ]France
[ G,g ]Grande-Bretagne
[ H,h ]Hongrie
[ I,i ]Italie
[ J,j ]Japon
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MORE COUNTRIES…
[ K,k ]Kenya
[ L,l ]Libye
[ M,m ]Maroc
[ N,n ]Nicaragua
[ O,o ]Oman
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LISTEN AND REPEAT ALL OF THEM
[ P,p ]Pakistan
[ Q,q ]Québec
[ R,r ]Russie
[ S,s ]Sénégal
[ T,t ]Tibet
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[ U,u ]Uruguay
[ V,v ]Norvège
[ W,w ]Koweït
[ X,x ]Luxembourg
[ Y,y ]Syrie
[ Z,z ]Zaïre
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...You are learning how to say the French alphabet, but you are also learning the name of some countries....

THE FRENCH ALPHABET

The following may surprise… The letters within the French Alphabet are the same as they are in the English one. The difference lies in the pronunciation.

But I know
what you are thinking, 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.

There are
common accents for vowels. Sometimes the accents change the sound of the vowel and sometimes they do not. Examples of Accents (using "e"):

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WHY NOT TRY SOME EXERCISES?
FRENCH EXERCISES - LESSON 1
THREE TYPES OF ACCENTS
The "aigu" accent[ é ]
The "grave" accent[ è ]
The circumflex accent[ ê ]
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...You are learning how to pronounce the alphabet...

WEIRD LETTERS

Notice that the circumflex and grave accents sound exactly the same. It's not just vowels that have funny lines. You may also come across the following too (note this is not an accent)!

The cedilla
= "ç"  (Which sounds like an "S"' in English).

Another thing
to note is that if a "H" is used at the beginning of a word, it is always silent!

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WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE VOWELS ?

In French the vowels are the core of each word. How the vowels are grouped in the word drastically affects how the word sounds.

The other
way to change the sound of the word is with the use of accents.

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HANG ON A MINUTE ! What is a “vowel” ?

This one is easy. Look at the alphabet and drop A, E, I, O, U, Y.
The rest
are the consonants.

By the wa
y, A, E, I, O, U, Y, are the Vowels (In French, Y is considered a vowel)

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VERY IMPORTANT TABLE
LetterAccent
a[ à ]
a[ â ]
e[ é ]
e[ è ]
e[ ê ]
i[ î ]
o[ ô ]
u[ ù ]
u[ û ]
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“DO YOU HAVE A FRENCH ACCENT?”

There are 3 types of accents:

1.
Aigu: /

2.
Grave: \

3.
Circumflex: ^

These accents
change the sounds of the vowels. Not all the accents are used with every letter; this is outlined in our example.

The letter
E is the only one phonetically affected by accents.

All the
other vowels do not change their sound. They have an accent to help simply with the reading of written French.

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LISTEN AND REPEAT THE SOUNDS
summerété
fatherpère
mothermère
partyfête
headtête
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MORE THAN 26 SOUNDS…

An accent changes the sound of the vowel, but not the emphasis of the vowel.

In French
more sounds are created when vowels are linked together. This and the use of accents create more than 26 sounds in the French alphabet.

This is
further demonstrated below.

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BASIC SOUNDS
a+i=j'ai
e+a+u=oeau
a+u=ohaut
o+u=ouvous
e+i=êpeine
e+u=eudeux
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THE FRENCH H
c + h = shchat
p + h = fphysique
c + h + r = crchrist
= sfrançais
t + h = tthéorie
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E SILENT

A basic rule of pronunciation in French is that if the last letter of the word is an “E” without an accent then you don't pronounce it, you simply pronounce the consonant just before.

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...French does not distinguish doubled consonants from single consonants in pronunciation. Numerous doubled consonants exist like ELLE, BELLE, APPARTEMENT, etc....

EXAMPLE OF “E” SILENT
headtête
smallpetite
stayreste
tallgrande
lookregarde
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BASICS - OTHER SOUNDS

A quick look at how placing of letters in words changes the sounds.

The sounds
of a letter in a word is sometimes determined by its position in the word.

In general
at the end of words in French the last letter is silent. There are three exceptions to this rule. These three consonants are “-C”,”-F” and “-L”. In French, double letters simply sound as one.

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SPECIAL LETTERS…
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...Most final consonants are silent, usual exceptions to be found with the letters C, F, L, and R (the mnemonic device of the English word careful contains these letters). But even this rule has its exceptions. Yes, you are right; you don’t want to know for the moment....

LA LIAISON – LINKING WORDS

The last thing to notice for this part of the lesson is if one word finishes with an “-X”, “-S” or “-Z” and the next word starts with a vowel or an "H", you must link the words.

This is
called "la liaison". And this is what makes you think you've only heard one word when in actual fact there was six or seven!

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At the end of lesson 20, you’ll be able to socialise simply but effectively using the simplest common expressions and following basic routines.

    HOW TO PRONOUNCE THE LIAISON

    La liaison” creates a different sound when you link “D” to a vowel. It becomes a “T” sound.

    Regarding
    the other consonants; it is very easy, they sound the same as the letter. The “p” will sound “p” in the liaison, the “b” will sound “b”, etc.

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    EXAMPLE OF LIAISONS
    EnglishFrench
    two friendsdeux amis
    you arevous avez
    they haveils ont
    three planestrois avions
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    IT SOUNDS LIKE ONE WORD. LISTEN…
    A big airportUn grand aéroport
    A great friendUn grand ami
    Too kindTrop aimable
    On a tableSur une table
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    MOSQUITOS
    ExemplesAnglais
    linking with X,S,ZDeux orangesTwo oranges
    Les animauxThe animals
    Des nez orangeSome orange noses
    Trois amisThree friends
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    SILLINESS
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    OBJECTIVES
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    At the end of lesson 20, you’ll be able to use simple techniques to start, maintain or end a short conversation.

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      FRENCH EXERCISES - LESSON 1
      FRENCH JUST ALL SOUNDS THE SAME !

      Have a look (and listen) at a couple of other things you will probably notice when learning French. Understand that some combinations of letters make the same sounds, and words are sometimes linked together.

      This is
      "IMPORTANT" to learn in French. I don't think we can explain just quite how "IMPORTANT"' this is. Its "IMPORTANCE" is above some of the words you have already come across and shouldn't be ignored, as it is, as we say, very "IMPORTANT"'!

      It is
      "IMPORTANT" to notice that the sounds in the groups all sound the exactly the same. In French this is called "LES NASALES" meaning sounds from the NOSE!

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      chat
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      MY PROGRESS
      MYLEARNING!

      Remember that at the end of this level (Lesson 20) you will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions. Have fun! See all the other skills you will have acquired here.

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