Accents

French accentsWhile French has the same alphabet as English, some of the letters have little decorations that can make them look and sound very different. In French, accents are essential: they're there for a reason, so you must include them when writing.

   

Alphabet

French alphabetIf you want to read and write in French, one of the first things you should learn is the alphabet. Fortunately, French has the same 26 letters as English. Unfortunately, most of the names of letters are pronounced differently, as are many of the sounds.

   

Art de la traduction

Art de la traduction
Pour traduire un texte, il faut évidemment une connaissance approfondie des deux langues, mais être bilingue est loin d'être le seul critère.

   

Elision

French elisionAn elision is a type of contraction that occurs when two words are combined: one or more letters are dropped and replaced with an apostrophe. In French, written elisions are required, regardless of the register you're speaking or writing in.

   

How to Type Accents in Any OS

It's just as important to include accents when writing in French as it is to spell words correctly. It drives me kind of crazy when people say, sorry, I can't type accents on my computer / tablet / smartphone. Yes, you can type accents - yes! even on your old computer. Check out these instructions for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad, and Android.

   

Lawless French Forum

French forum discussionQuestions about French? The Lawless French forum is where all of you Lawless Frenchers can ask questions and practice with native and non-native French speakers from all over the world. Anyone can read messages, but you'll need to register in order to post to the forum.

Orthographe et expression écrite

Orthographe et expression écriteWriting in FrenchQue vous soyez français ou bien étudiant avec un niveau de français supérieur, vous pouvez améliorer votre orthographe et expression écrite en explorant l'univers de la Francophone pendant 10 minutes chaque jour.

   

Texting

French texting abbreviations
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.

   

Writing Exercises

French writing exercises
Looking for a fun way to practice writing in French? You'll love these self-scoring translation exercises on my co-branded site, Progress with Lawless French.