Archive | May 2013

Apologies

Apologies, readers. I failed to notice that every sound file I post redirects to the French About main page. If you would like to hear the words I’ve been posting, here is the page with all the sound files in alphabetical order.

So sorry!

Grammar – Nasal Vowels

Grammar – Nasal Vowels

In French, there are 5 nasal vowel sounds. The best way to describe how to make these sounds is to say them in the back of the throat.

Here are your nasal vowels:

an

en – listen to this sound file of en bas, and try to hear the en.

in – hear the word Americain being spoken, and listen for the in at the end.

on

un

Remember! The N is never pronounced

Let’s listen to some words with nasal vowels in them.

ans   tante   français   quarante

trente   comment   Henri   Laurent

cinq   quinze   vingt   vin

non   bonjour   oncle   glaçon

(There aren’t any words with a nasal un in them. Correct me if I’m wrong, please!)

Sound files courtesy of french.about.com!

Vocabulary – Colors & Directions

Vocabulaire – Les couleurs & les directions

Colors

  1. blue – bleu (bleue, feminine)
  2. red – rouge
  3. yellow – jaune
  4. green – vert (verte, feminine)
  5. white – blanc (blanche, feminine)
  6. black – noir (noire, feminine)
  7. brown (hair/eye color) – brun (brune, feminine)
  8. brown (chestnut color) – marron
  9. gray – gris (grise, feminine)
  10. pink – rose

Directions

  1. North – le nord
  2. East – l’est (NOT to be confused with est)
  3. South – le sud
  4. West – l’ouest

All sound files courtesy of french.about.com!