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Mar 292012
 

French Hard to Learn

Common French Question – Is French hard to Learn?


Some of the most common questions I receive about learning the French language are “Is French hard to Learn?” or “is French easy to learn?”. French has many different factors when it comes to speaking and writing French. Theses factors play an important part and shouldn’t be overlooked.

The two main important factors in language learning difficulty. The first factor deals with the difference between the language you want to learn and your native language. Languages have many properties. English uses the Latin alphabet and has a verb order that puts the subject of a sentence before the verb. Not all languages share these traits.

“Is French hard to learn?” is a question many people ask when thinking about the time invested in becoming fluent in any language is quite large and you want to be sure you can get something out of it in the end.

French hard to learn

French is a language that is spoken very fast with words that string together. Getting used to the fast pace of spoken French can be hard for some non native French speakers. So you probably have to spend more time at first listening then speaking. The pronunciation of some French sounds are different from many of the other European languages. The nasal ‘-on’ and ‘-an’ sounds and the guttural ‘r’ are particularly problematic for some students learning French.

Some English speakers won’t be used to French nouns having a gender: Masculine or Feminine. Gender of the Noun can change the meaning of the word. Gender adds certain prefixes and suffixes to individual words that you need to correctly use. More information on this topic can be found at French Grammar Rules

So in the end “is French hard to learn?” It really depends on your exposure to French culture and learning materials. Difficulty of a language is different for each person. What could make French hard to learn for one person, could make it easy for someone else, and vice versa. The only things that really matters when approaching learning any language is your motivation and reason for learning that language.

Interested in further study into French or confused on where to start? I recommend reading our French Beginners Guide or check out the Importance of Languages Store!

Mar 122012
 

French Alphabet

Learn French Alphabet – Learn French Alphabet Letters


The French alphabet is a romance language that is descended from Latin. The French alphabet contains the same 26 letters of the English Alphabet but with slightly different pronunciations. French Alphabet is considered to be one of the most beautiful language in the world and known as the language of love.

The French alphabet has five diacritical accent Marks, four for vowels, and just one for consonants. It is very important to put accents in their proper places. A incorrect or missing accent mark is a spelling mistake just as an incorrect or missing letter would be. The only exception to this is capital letters, which are often left unaccented

French Diacritical Accent Marks

The Acute Accent ( L’accent aigu ´) can only be on an E that appears at the beginning of a word, it often indicates that an S used to follow that vowel.

The Grave Accent ( L’accent grave `) can be found on an A, E, or U. On the A and U, it usually serves to distinguish between words that would otherwise be homographs.

The Circumflex ( Le circonflexe ˆ) usually indicates that an S used to follow that vowel. It also serves to distinguish between homographs.

The Dieresis ( Le tréma ¨) can be on an E, I, or U. It is used when two vowels are next to each other and both must be pronounced.

The Cedilla ( La cédille ¸) is found only on the letter C. It changes a hard C sound (like K) into a soft C sound (like S), e.g., garçon. The cedilla is never placed in front of E or I, because C always sounds like an S in front of these vowels.

French Accent Examples

To do the French accents marks on non-French keyboard. Alt code can be used. Alt code is when you press then hold down the Alt key on your keyboard then type in numbers on your num pad then release the alt key.

Useful French Alt Codes

French Alphabet is very important when it comes to learning to write and read the French Language. So make sure to practice pronouncing and writing the French Alphabet whenever you can. As many times as you can.

Related Articles: French Number System – How to Write French Numbers

Interested in further study into French or confused on where to start? I recommend reading our French Beginners Guide or check out the Importance of Languages Store!