Have you ever noticed that "France" is called by several different names? Learn the various synonyms and the exact meanings of each one.
A few dozen French words have a shortened form called an apheresis or aphaeresis, which is created by dropping one or more syllables at the beginning of the word. Some of these are further modified by adding an extra sound to the end.
Many French nouns and adjectives have shortened forms called apocopes, which are created by dropping one or more syllables at the end of the word. Some of these are further modified by adding o to the end.
The French expression c'est-à-dire
is essential - that is, very useful.
It consists of just two letters, yet the French word en
has three distinct areas of meaning/usage and four different pronunciations. Here's everything you need to know about en
In both French and English, there's a lot of overlap between fractions and ordinals: the vast majority of these two types of numbers share the same word. In English, they are identical from "third" on up, while in French they're the same starting with cinquième
The big day is here when you can learn about the French expression le jour J
Ordinal numbers are essential for lists: they denote the rank, position, or order of items in a group, whether that group is made up of people, objects, or things to do.
I invite you to read this lesson on the French acronym RSVP
- please respond.
There are many varieties of French, but perhaps one of the most elusive is French texting: the bewildering assortment of abbreviations, acronyms, and even symbols used in email, text messaging (SMS), social media, chatrooms, and forums.
While not as diverse as they used to be, a few titles are commonly used in French and are as important as any other polite vocabulary. Here are the French titles you need, along with their abbreviations.
Learn how to read the alphabet soup (TTC, HT, TVA, CB
) on a French receipt.