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].
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.
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.
Start learning French or just satisfy your curiosity with this list of the most common French words, with links to detailed lessons.
The linguistic term "register" is used to categorize some aspect of language, such as a word, expression, or grammatical construction, by how formal or informal it is. Whether you realize it or not, you use a variety of registers every day, so knowing your registers is vital for communication.
Fun video in and about French: author and cartoonist Riad Sattouf talks about his favorite expression, least favorite word, and some possibilities for a new word yet to be created. Considering it's only 2½ minutes long, the grammar in this video is extremely rich and varied.