Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning French on Your Own by Gail Stein

By Gail Stein

Idiot-proof and enjoyable steps for studying French speedy. effortless tools for studying idioms and slang phrases utilized by local audio system. precious cultural suggestions for tourists and others.

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It is now up to you to seize every opportunity to discover it and to broaden your horizons, because yesterday's dreams have become today's reality. Learning French will allow you to open doors to countless opportunities, experiences, and adventures that beckon you at every turn. It will open your eyes, ears, heart, and soul to new cultures, new ideas, new perspectives, and new situations. The bottom line is, you just never know when it will prove to be the handiest, most useful tool you possess.

H is always silent. Most of the time, it is used as a vowel and, therefore, requires elision with a vowel that might precede it: l'homme (the man). In other instances, h is used as a consonant and does not require elision with the preceding vowel: le héros. To tell how h is being used, you must look in a dictionary, where the consonant h is usually indicated with an *. huit weet hôtel heure homme o-tehl uhr ohm French Letter Symbol Pronunciation Guide r r No equivalent Page 23 The French r requires the participation of your throat.

If you are lucky enough to have been born with a “good ear,” chances are you can carry a tune or play a musical instrument. You'll imitate the lilt, intonation, and stress without a problem. For most of us, however, pronunciation is not without problems. If this is you, you're in good company. Consider my former college French literature teacher, a Rhodes scholar from Oxford University, who later went on to become chairman of the Romance Language Department. He was charming, interesting, sweet, very, very intellectual, well-read, and knowledgeable.

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