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Month: Sep 2016

From Homographs to Homophones as we learn French

So what shall we do with all the new homophones? A few more brain teasers to conquer!  What is a homophone compared to a homograph?

Well, we know that a homograph is a word with the same spelling as another word yet has a different meaning. A homophone is a word with the same sound or pronunciation as another word, though has a different spelling and a different meaning. These can provide some serious brain twisting even for mother tongue speakers.

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Oh la la! Les Homographes in my French course

Something else to rattle the brain as you learn French! Perhaps … and yet this will empower your brain substantially in the process. Les homographes! What is a homograph? This usually refers to a pair of words with the same spelling, identical or different pronunciation, which can be very slight and which have a different meaning. The homograph can present considerable difficulty for those who choose to learn French. Of course they exist in other languages too, so don’t go feeling all alone.

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Common mistakes to avoid as you learn French

A widely believed misconception is to think that every masculine noun simply requires an added ‘e’ at the end of the word to become the feminine version.

This is true in many cases with words such as the following:

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Learn French to tease, twist and stretch the brain

This is the big question asked so frequently: isn’t French too difficult? Well, we all know that language learning presents an upward climb.

We also know that to learn French is to master the art of exceptions around every ruled corner. How exciting to always have this element of the unexpected. Keeps us on our toes and fiercely alert, n’est ce pas? So, in fact the big question should really be: what would a French course do for the brain?

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