The French suffix -age is added to verbs or nouns to make new nouns, which are always masculine.
Unlike other French suffixes, -ci
does not create new words, but rather adds additional meaning to the nouns and pronouns it's attached to.
The French suffix -ée is added to nouns or verbs to make new nouns, which are usually feminine.
The French suffixes -et
(masculine) and -ette
(feminine) can be added to nouns (including proper nouns), verbs, and adjectives.
The French suffix -issime is added to adjectives and acts as an intensifier or superlative, adding meanings like "very," "extremely," or "most."
Unlike other French suffixes, -là
does not create new words, but rather adds additional meaning to the nouns and pronouns it's added to.
Have you ever noticed that "France" is called by several different names? Learn the various synonyms and the exact meanings of each one.
For Francophiles, the word "Bastille" is likely to conjure up memories (or dreams) of fireworks and military parades, because the idea of la Bastille
is inherently linked to 14 July - at least for English speakers. Chez les Français
, not so much. Here are 7 things you should know about la Bastille
: the holiday, the prison, and the word itself.
The French prefix a
- is added to adjectives and nouns to create their antonyms; it's sometimes called the "alpha privative" (a privatif
). The most common English equivalents are a- and non-.
Some French accents offer pronunciation clues, others refer back to old spellings, and still others differentiate between otherwise identically spelled words. For all of these reasons, accents matter and must be included when writing (or typing) in French - especially in the case of words that have different meanings with and without accents.
List of French names for assorted accessories and jewelry, with sound files.
Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations created by stringing together the first initial of each word in a phrase. Learning some common French acronyms and initialisms can help you make sense of news, political discussions, administration, and more.
A tiny French challenge every day until Christmas - translate each seasonal term to open a door.
One of the confusing things for beginning French students is that age is expressed with avoir
(to have), rather than être
(to be). French also has nouns and adjectives for a person whose age falls within a specific decade.
If there's anything worse than having to spend time at the airport, it's having to spend time at the airport when you don't speak the local language. Sure, most airport employees speak another language or two, but you'll still be better off if you have these key French words and phrases in your pocket. Bon voyage !