Introduction to French – Introduction to French Writing


hi welcome to introduction to French my
name is Alicia and I’m joined by hi everyone I’m Candis in this lesson
you’ll learn the basics of French writing French uses the exact same alphabet as
English the Latin alphabet which consists of 26 letters unlike English
however French also uses a few accents that can be added to vowels and this
other character known as the cedilla these characters aren’t recognized as
distinct letters in French though let’s take a look at this accents in a bit
more detail accents are simply markers that appear
on top of letters to indicate some extra information what that information
represents depends on the type of accent accents may look intimidating at first
and their friction may seem complicated but in fact is quite simple once you
understand them they actually help you rather than confuse you there are a
total of five accents in French four of which appear over vowels and one for the
letter C D acute accent the grave accent circumflex the D are Isis and the
cedilha not all accents can be used with all vowels so only certain accents will
appear over certain letters the acute accent for example can only appear over
the letter e e it looks like a rising diagonal line going from left to right
you’ll never see this accent used with any other letter in French the acute
accent indicates that you must pronounce the e as follows e a it sounds like the
E in hey Apple Epperly Schultz Schulte so whenever you see this accent
pronounce the e as follows e next is the grave accent it looks like a falling
diagonal line going from left to right this accent can only appear over the
letters a E + u this accent helps distinguish between words that would
otherwise be spelled the same for example ah and ah ooh and ooh when it
appears over the letter E however it indicates that you must pronounce it as
follows a a it sounds like the E in bet may flare next is the sir
phlex accent it looks like a little rooftop it’s used to indicate a change
in pronunciation and to distinguish words that would otherwise be spelled
the same the circumflex appears over all vowels and E with a circumflex accent on
top is pronounced exactly the same way is the previous grave accented e a a
like the e in bet fish fit and a with the circumflex accent on top is
pronounced ah ah it sounds like the a in father but at Chateau and I with the
circumflex accent on top does not affect the pronunciation of a word it exists
merely due to historic purposes relating to a word knit Ed’s in myths and like I
I you with a circumflex accent does not influence the pronunciation of a word
however it is sometimes used to distinguish words that would otherwise
be identical sous-sous do do the next accent is the diaeresis
it looks like two small dots and it can appear over the letters e I U and Y in
French whenever this accent appears above a
letter it indicates that you must pronounce this letter separately from
the preceding syllable for example naive Newell nice the cedilha is a sea with a special hook
underneath the function of this idealized simple it changes the
pronunciation of the letter C from a to an S sound so ordinarily a French C
would be pronounced Jessie but a cedilha would be pronounced so like an S sound like English French capitalizes the
first letter at the beginning of a sentence journals
dupa unlike English however there are a number of words which are not
capitalized in French the personal pronoun for I is capitalized in English
but not in French bon secours is cheb it for example days of the week are
capitalized in English but not in French London mods mecodes months of the year
aren’t capitalized either Georgia favilla mass nor are languages lufthansa
long lay low loose consider the following example Luka tolls are a
Scylla fitness and Alphonsus notice how July and French are not capitalized
japones Espanola I is capitalized here because it’s the first letter at the
beginning of a sentence but Spanish isn’t there are some more capitalization
rules but those are the most common ones you’ll encounter well done let’s wrap up
this lesson by recapping what we’ve learned in this lesson you learned that
French uses the same Latin alphabet is English consisting of 26 letters
additionally there’s also the acute accent grave accent circumflex diocese
and cedilha which are used to accentuate certain letters you also learned that I
days months and languages aren’t capitalized in French in the next lesson
you’ll be entering French boot camp where you’ll learn beginner phrases to
get you speaking French right away see you in the next lesson bye bye

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