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Lesson 1.5: Introduction - Saying Your Name and the French Alphabet

Lesson 1.5: Introduction – Saying Your Name and the French Alphabet

Lesson 1.5: Introduction – Saying Your Name and the French Alphabet

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to introduce yourself in French, pronounce the French alphabet, and spell your name.

1. Saying Your Name:

Let’s start with introducing yourself. In French, you can say “Je m’appelle” (I am called) followed by your name. For example:

  • Je m’appelle Marie. (My name is Marie.)
  • Je m’appelle Pierre. (My name is Pierre.)

Practice saying your name in French.

2. The French Alphabet:

The French alphabet is similar to the English alphabet, but with some differences in pronunciation. Here’s how you pronounce the letters of the French alphabet:

Letter Simplified Pronunciation API Pronunciation
A Ah /a/
B Bay /be/
C Say /se/
D Day /de/
E Uh /ə/
F Eff /ɛf/
G Zhay /ʒe/
H Ahsh /aʃ/
I Ee /i/
J Zhay /ʒi/
K Kah /ka/
L Ell /ɛl/
M Emm /ɛm/
N Ahn /ɛn/
O Oh /o/
P Pay /pe/
Q Koo /ky/
R Air /ɛʁ/
S Ess /ɛs/
T Tay /te/
U Oo /y/
V Vay /ve/
W Doo-bluh Vay /dublə ve/
X Eeks /iks/
Y Ee-grek /i ɡʁɛk/
Z Zed /zɛd/

Practice pronouncing the French alphabet after listening to the pronunciation.

3. Spelling Your Name:

Now, let’s learn how to spell your name in French. To do this, you’ll need to know the names of the letters in French.

For example, if your name is “Paul,” you would spell it like this:

  • P: Pay
  • A: Ah
  • U: Oo
  • L: Ell

So, “Paul” is spelled “P-A-U-L” in French.

Practice spelling your name in French using the French alphabet.

4. Practice:

Now, try introducing yourself in French and spelling your name. For example:

  • “Je m’appelle Sarah. S-A-R-A-H.”

Practice as many times as you need to feel comfortable.

5. Conclusion:

Great job! You’ve learned how to introduce yourself in French  and spell your name. This will be useful for future conversations in French.

In the next lesson, we’ll continue to build your French language skills. Bonne chance (Good luck)!

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Lesson 3 – Days of the Week and Months of the Year in french

French for Beginners: Lesson 3 – Days of the Week and Months of the Year

Welcome to Lesson 3! In this lesson, we’ll learn about the days of the week and the months of the year in French. Knowing these is essential for planning, scheduling, and discussing dates. Let’s dive in!

Objectives:

Learn the days of the week in French.
Learn the months of the year in French.
Practice pronunciation.

Understand basic usage in conversation.

1. Days of the Week in French
The French week starts with Monday, not Sunday. Here are the days:

days in french Prononciation (english) IPA days in english
Lundi lun-dee lœ̃di Monday
Mardi mar-dee maʁdi Tuesday
Mercredi mare-cruh-dee mɛʁkʁədi Wednesday
Jeudi juh-dee ʒødi Thursday
Vendredi vahn-druh-dee vɑ̃dʁədi Friday
Samedi sam-dee samdi Saturday
Dimanche dee-monsh dimɑ̃ʃ Sunday

📌 Pronunciation Tip:
The final ‘i’ in “lundi”, “mardi”, “mercredi”, etc., is pronounced like the ‘ee’ in ‘see’.


2. Months of the Year in French

Now let’s learn the months of the year:

French Month Phonetic Spelling (English) IPA English Translation
Janvier zhan-vee-ay ʒɑ̃vje January
Février fay-vree-ay fevʁije February
Mars mars maʁs March
Avril ah-vreel avʁil April
Mai may me May
Juin zhwan ʒɥɛ̃ June
Juillet zhwee-ay ʒɥijɛ July
Août oot ut August
Septembre sep-tahm-bruh sɛptɑ̃bʁ September
Octobre ok-toh-bruh ɔktɔbʁ October
Novembre no-vahm-bruh nɔvɑ̃bʁ November
Décembre day-sahm-bruh desɑ̃bʁ December

Practice Exercise

Answer the following questions in French

  1. What is the date today?
  2. When is your birthday?
  3. What day is it tomorrow?
  4. Can you tell me the date of the next meeting?
  5. What was the date yesterday?
  6. On what date did we meet last time?
  7. How do you say “March 15th” in French?
  8. Is April 21st a holiday in France?
  9. What date is the French National Day?
  10. Can you write the date of the first day of winter?

Real-Life Application
Use the French days and months to plan your week. Try writing your schedule in French, or think about your plans for the week and say them in French.

Conclusion
Well done on completing Lesson 3! You’re now familiar with the French days and months, which are essential for daily conversations. In the next lesson, we’ll focus on personal pronouns and the verb “être” (to be). À bientôt!


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Lesson 1 : Introduction to French Language

French for Beginners: Lesson 1
Introduction to French Language


Welcome to your first French lesson! French is a beautiful and widely spoken language, known for its melodious sound and rich cultural background. In this lesson, we will cover some basics to get you started on your journey to learning French.


  Objectives:

  • Learn basic French greetings.
  • Understand simple French pronunciation.
  • Familiarize yourself with some common French phrases.

1. French Greetings

Category English French Pronunciation
Hello and Goodbye Hello Bonjour bon-zhoor
Hello and Goodbye Good evening Bonsoir bon-swahr
Hello and Goodbye Goodbye Au revoir oh ruh-vwar
Hello and Goodbye See you later À plus tard ah ploo tar
How to ask ‘How are you?’ How are you? (formal) Comment allez-vous? kom-mawn tah-lay voo
How to ask ‘How are you?’ How are you? (informal) Ça va? sah vah
Responses to ‘How are you?’ I’m good, thank you Ça va bien, merci sah vah byan, mair-see
Responses to ‘How are you?’ I’m so-so Comme ci, comme ça kohm see, kohm sah
Responses to ‘How are you?’ Not good Pas bien pah byan

2. Basic Pronunciation Guide

French pronunciation can be challenging for beginners, but don’t worry! Let’s look at a few key points:

R: The French ‘R’ is guttural, pronounced at the back of the throat.
U: This sound doesn’t exist in English. To make it, shape your mouth as if to say “oo” (like in ‘food’), but try to say “ee” (like in ‘see’).
E: At the end of words is usually silent. E.g., “Parle” is pronounced “Parl”.


free basic pronounciaition guide


3. Common Phrases

English French Pronunciation
Yes Oui wee
No Non nawn
Please S’il vous plaît see voo play
Thank you Merci mair-see
Sorry Désolé day-soh-lay
Excuse me Excusez-moi ex-kew-zay mwah

Practice Exercise
Try to use these phrases in a simple conversation. For example:

A: “Bonjour!”
B: “Bonjour! Ça va?”
A: “Ça va bien, merci. Et toi?”
B: “Comme ci, comme ça.”

Conclusion
Congratulations on completing your first French lesson! Remember, practice makes perfect. Try to use these phrases in your daily life to get comfortable with them. À bientôt (see you soon) for your next lesson!