2Objective: Gain some knowledge on: how different accents effect different vowelsThe french vowels and consonnes
3LES VOYELLES In French the vowels are the core of each word. How the vowels are grouped in the word drastically affects how the word sounds. The other way to change the sound of the word is with the inclusion of accents. A E I O U
9There are 3 types of accents Aigu / TÉLÉGrave \ FRÈRECirconflexe ^ FORÊTThe E letter is the only one phonitically affected by accents. ALL the other vowels do not change their sound. They have an accent to help simply with the reading of written French.
1026 SOUNDSAn accent changes the sound of the vowel, but not the emphasis of the vowel. In French more sounds are created when vowels are linked together. This and the use of accents creates more than 26 sounds in the French alphabet.
11EXEMPLES: A+ I = É A + U = O O + I = UA O + U = U E + I = É E + U = U E + U = EJ’AIEAUMOIVOUSVEINEEUVEUX
12There are also some other sounds that you will come accross as demonstrated below. c + h = ch ch shhh!p + h = ph physique physiqueç = s Français French
13A Basic rule of pronounciation in French is that if the last letter of the word is an 'E' without an accent then you don't pronounce it, you simply pronounce the consonant just before.tête headpetite smallReste STAY
14LES CONSONNES In general at the end of words in French the last letter is silent. There are three exceptions to this rule. These three letters are'C','F' and 'L'.
15EXEMPLE:C avec withL matériel materialF chef chef
16In French double letters simply sound as one elle : sheterre : earthVille : city
17LES NASALES IM PORT ANT IN IM UN UM AN AM EN EM In French this is a group of letters than make the same sound
18LA LIAISON if one word finishes with an 'X', 'S' or 'Z' and the next word starts with a vowel or an 'H', you must link the words:Deux amis two friendsVous avez we haveThis is called 'la liaison'. ..and this is what makes you think you've only heard one word when in actual fact there was six or seven.
19La liasion creates a different sound when you link D to a vowel La liasion creates a different sound when you link D to a vowel. It becomes a 'T' soundUn grand aeroport a big airportUn grand ami a great friend