French is the native language of 80 million people, and it has over 274 million total speakers. It’s an official language in 29 countries, like France, Belgiun, western Switzerland, Monaco and some regions of Canada (like Quebec), among others. A lot of caribbean islands speak French as the first language (Martinique, Guadeloupe…). If you want to visit some of these places, it’s a good idea to learn some French before. And think how fancy it will look on your CV!
The good news are that French is one of the easiest languages to learn for a native English. France and England share a past in common and a lot of vocabulary and grammar. But they have a lot of differences too. The most challenging issues for a native English to learn French are gender and verbe conjugation, as it is for all languages that come from Latin. Let’s take a quick look to the most challenges issues of French.
Start learning about the most challenging issues of French
French grammar may be a little hard at the beginning, but it comes easier with practice. The most challenging issues are gender and verbes conjugation.
All sustantives in French have a gender. They are all either masculine or femenine, even the objects. For example “crayon” (pencil) is masculine, while “maison” (house) is femenine. The most challenging thing of it is that the article (“the” in English) changes depending on the gender of the word that follows it. For example, “the pencil” would be “le crayon”, while “the house” would be “la maison”.
For words that can have both genders (like adjectives), in general femenine gender is formed by adding an “e” at the end. For example, “grand” (big) is masculine, while “grande” is femenine. So “the big pencil” would be “le grand crayon” (or “le crayon grand”, as the adjective goes mainly after the sustantive in most cases), and “the big house” would be “la grande maison” or “la maison grande”. Are we ok so far?
Like in English, plural is formed by adding an “s”, so “the pencils” would be “les crayons”. Number is quite easy for a native English to master. For example, Italian doesn’t form the plural with “s”, but with more complicated grammar rules, so the formation of plural is much easier in French than in Italian.
Now we are getting into the hard stuff. The verbs change their termination depending on the person and the tense, following very complicated rules with a lot of exceptions. So “I eat, you eat, he/she eats, we eat, you eat, they eat” would be “je mange, tu manges, il/elle mange, nous mangeons vous mangez, ils/elles mangent”. “I eated” would be “je mangeais”, and “I will eat” would be “je mangerai”.
It takes a lot of practice for a non-native Franch to master verbs conjugation, but don’t let it discourage you. It can be a really funny process, trust me, I’ve been there, and it comes authomatic with time and practice. Think about how proud of yourself you’ll feel once you’ve mastered it!
General advise to help you learn French
The most important thing is: don’t ever try to memorize those rules! It’s a waste of time and energy. Instead, just practice. French children never tried to memorize them, just learnt them by listening to their parents and environment. I’m sumarizing the most challenging issues of the easiest languages to learn to help you choose one, and that’s the only point of it.
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