There's a bit of debate with regard to accents on capital letters. Most everyone agrees that accents are required on lower case letters, but some French speakers claim that they are unneccessary or even incorrect on capital letters. Is this true? The answer depends in part on who you ask.
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.
Learn about - and listen to - le cadien
, aka Cajun French: a variety of French spoken in Louisiana. This Monde francophone
video from Lawless French Immersion includes interactive subtitles.
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.
The goal of DLF is to provide information in and about French to French speakers, in France and around the world.
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.
Some language mistakes are so widespread that they eventually become rules. Learn about some of these while working on your advanced French listening comprehension in this fascinating radio show with transcript and translation.
Dans quelles provinces canadiennes parle-t-on le français ? La question en elle-même peut être source de confusion.
The French spoken in Québec can be very different than what you hear in France. Check out this animated video for an explanation of the Québécois accent ... in the Québécois accent.