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.
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.
Gender-neutral pronouns, aka inclusive pronouns, are used to avoid sorting individuals into the binary world of male vs female. Gender-neutral language is evolving and not considered standard, but it is becoming more common, especially on the internet, so it's important to be able to recognize the most common terms.
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.