Learn French from Scratch is a series of blog posts which primarily focus on my learning journey in the French classroom.
Today, I will share with you my experience on the second and third French lesson for Beginners. So, if you are somebody who has no exposure or prior knowledge about the French language, I hope this series is something you can benefit from.
Previously, I began this series by sharing my reasons for learning French and why I decided to do up this series. I also shared my experience in the French classroom, so if you have missed out on that information I shared in my previous post, click on the link below.
The Second and Third French Lessons
The Second French lesson emphasized a little more on French phonetics and pronunciations. I learned the French alphabets, how to spell in French, and how to count from 0 to 100 in French.
Click to play the track below to hear how to say the French letters.
French letters from A to Z
French Numbers from 0 to 100
Click to play the tracks below to hear how French numbers are said and pronounced.
0 to 10
11 to 20
21 to 30
31 to 40
41 to 50
51 to 60
61 to 70
71 to 80
81 to 90
91 to 100
From the get-go, we learned that in 1066 the Normans invaded England. Since then, Norman French dialect, Anglo-Norman, was used in the legal and administrative system in England. Over time, more than 10,000 French words made their way into the English language. Of these, around 7,000 French words are still in use in modern English.
I was told that as an English speaker, I’d probably know at least 1,500 French words without having to study French at all! The only difference between the same English words and the French ones is the pronunciation.
The Third French lesson emphasized the basics of articles and gender.
French nouns are either masculine or feminine. Nouns that refer to males are usually masculine, and those that refer to females are usually feminine.
There are two types of articles in French — Definite and Indefinite articles.
Definite articles are equivalent to the “the” word in English such as Le (or in l’), La (or in l’), and Les. Le is used for masculine words, La is used for feminine words, and Les is used for plural nouns.
Indefinite articles are equivalent to the “a” or “an” word in English such as Un, Une, and Des. Un is used for masculine words, Une is used for feminine words, and Des is used for plural nouns.
Féminin ou Pluriel?
In general, words that are feminine usually ends with an “-e”, while words that are plural ends with an “-s” or “-x”.
How to Know the Gender of French Nouns with 90% Accuracy?
In French, the nouns including the names, the objects, and the notions are either masculine or feminine. Sometimes, the ending of a noun may indicate the gender of the word.
For this, I have created a table that will help you know the gender of French nouns with 90% accuracy.
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