Read the first few paragraphs of Jules Verne's fantastical tale 20.000 Lieues sous les mers
, in French and English.
L'accent circonflexe va disparaître des manuels scolaires à la rentrée - que s'est-il passé, et qu'en pense le ministre de l'Éducation nationale Najat Vallaud Belkacem ?
In English, you can emphasize an important word or syllable by pronouncing it more loudly, as in "It's magNIFicent!" That's not the case in French, which uses the affective accent instead.
Most French verbs are conjugated with avoir as their auxiliary verb in compound tenses and moods, and therefore do not require agreement with their subjects. But avoir verbs do need agreement in a very specific construction: the past participle must agree with the direct object when it precedes the verb.
All pronominal verbs are être
verbs in compound tenses and moods like the passé composé, which means that the past participles must agree with their subjects - at least in theory. In fact, it's not quite so straightforward.
Verbs of perception are subject to grammatical agreement in the compound tenses, but the rules are somewhat tricky - they only agree with their subjects when they precede the verb.
Qui n'a jamais vu, ne serait-ce qu'une seule fois, dans des atlas géographiques ou des manuels d'histoire, l'imposante majesté de l'Arc de Triomphe de Paris, sur lequel débouche la magnifique avenue des Champs-Élysées, et dont l'allure caractéristique représente si bien la France ?
On Bastille Day 2016, a semi truck plowed through the crowd on the Promenade des Anglais, killing dozens of people. This short video summarizes the events.
On 13 November 2015, Paris was struck by simultaneous terrorist attacks. Here is the video of President François Hollande's speech that night, with transcript and translation.
With the UK leaving the EU, the French have been quick to suggest that they should take their language with them.
Although the subjunctive is commonly used in French, there are numerous ways to avoid it, with varying meaning changes. (This doesn't mean you don't need to know how to use the subjunctive, just that there are times when an alternative is acceptable.)
Students often ask "how can I sound more French?" and my first recommendation is always to work on vocabulary. In French classes, you tend to learn the most common, basic terms, like bon
, which is a typical and very useful adjective that tends to be overused. Read this lesson for some informal ways to say "good," including how to pronounce them.
The UK has voted to leave the EU - what happens now?
La Belgique est dorénavant un acteur majeur de la scène internationale, mais c'est sa capitale francophone, Bruxelles, vers laquelle convergent tous les regards.
Cette cafetière fort populaire aussi appelée French press
, qui conserve intact tout l'arôme du café, a subi au fil des ans plusieurs modifications quant à sa conception.