Like every language, French is spoken in a variety of different ways across the country (and around the world). Learn about the discrimination speakers of "non standard" French may face in this video with interactive subtitles.
In French, E is the only letter that can be modified with l'accent aigu
, the acute accent. With the accent, it may be called either e accent aigu
or simply é
, pronounced [e]. As indicated by the latter, the acute accent changes the vowel's pronunciation to [e].
Put your French listening comprehension and sense of humor to the test with this faux news report poking fun at Alsace and the Alsatian accent.
Learn about the birth of the French language in this bilingual article. (part 1 of 5)
Put your French listening comprehension and sense of humor to the test with this faux news report poking fun at Brittany and the Breton accent.
The circumflex, aka "little hat," is the only French accent that may be found on each of the five vowels. In any given word, the circumflex may serve one or more purposes.
French is a Romance language, but it has a number of characteristics that set it apart from the other members of its linguistic family. Here is an extremely simplified synopsis of its development.
You know that "French" in French is français
, but did you know this word also used in many idiomatic expressions? Learn to speak broken French, plain French, perfect French, and more with this list of expressions with français
Learn some interesting facts about the French language in this bilingual article.
Dans quelles provinces canadiennes parle-t-on le français ? La question en elle-même peut être source de confusion.
Le nombre de Francophones atteint aujourd'hui 220 millions, ce qui fait du français la deuxième langue de l'Union européenne et la neuvième mondiale.
Though it's named for the roughly hexagonally shaped country in Western Europe, the French language extends far beyond the borders of France, in myriad and frankly confusing ways.
The International Phonetic Alphabet, or IPA, is a set of characters used to standardize pronunciation explanations across languages. It uses a unique symbol for each sound, which makes discussions of different languages much easier.
If you're just starting to learn French, you might find it interesting to learn some basics about French linguistics and grammar.
Celebrate the International Day of Francophonie on 20 March by reading about a few of the dozens of French-speaking countries.