Month: September 2018

Things we learned

Je (the french e)
(more zhur, than zhay)

the “mp” is silent, replaced by “n”


La liason vs L’élision

L’élision (elimination)
Je changes to j’ before a verb starting with a vowel or a silent h (ex.j’adore, j’habite)

La liason (linking)
the s in plural pronouns (nous, vous, and ils/elles) is usually silent
except when it is followed by a verb that begins with a vowel sound. In such a case the silent s is pronounced as a /z/ and links the pronoun to the verb. This phenomenon is called liaison (‘linking’) and is very characteristic of French.

Regular Verbs (1st Congugation)

the boot (the four silent endings)

There are three major groups of regular verbs in French:
verbs with infinitives ending in -er, (most numberous
verbs with infinitives ending in -ir, and
verbs with infinitives ending in -re.

First Conjugation
Since -er verbs are the most numerous, they are considered the first conjugation.

To conjugate these verbs:
drop the -er from the infinitive to form the stem.
Next, add the -(er)endings to the stem.
Different tenses have different endings.

Blackboard 5

Note: When La vs When Le
Le trait
La c’edille

je suis = chuis
maintenant = now/right now
aujourd’hui = today
d’accord = O.K.

Le trait d’union =
Le point d’interrogation = ?
Le point d’exclamation = !
La virgule = ,
Le point final = .
L’apostrophe =
L’accent augu = é
L’accent grave = à, è, ù (no ì, ò)
L’accent circonflexe = â, ê, î, ô, û
La c’edille = ç