French Level 1|
Unité 12: Leçon 1a
Salut, encore! It is my great pleasure to introduce you to the information contained in this Unité! The subjects are some of my personal favorites because an understanding of them will help to increase your French-speaking ability!
et Les Sentiments
Let's start things off with a study of different emotions and feelings that we all have the wonderful or dubious opportunity (as the case may be) to experience!
Study the faces below and say these words with me:
Les Émotions et
I'm certain you noticed that some of the words have one spelling while others have two spellings containing a masculine and a feminine form that sound the same (such as the case with "étonné" and "fatigué:"). I 'm sure that you also noticed that the masculine and the feminine forms of the word, "content(e)" sound differently from each other. The reason they sound differently is that the addition of the letter "e" at the end of the feminine forms causes us to say the consonant that comes immediately before it (which in this case is the letter "t"). The "t" remains silent in the masculine form unless the word is followed by a second word that begins with a vowel! On the other hand, the sounds of the masculine words, "fatigué" and "étonné" are not affected by the addition of the new letter "e" because these words already end in "e". (Why we add another letter "e" to the ending of the two words is another one of the great "mystère de la langue française!") Remaining words such as, "triste" and "malade" are written and spoken exactly the same way in both the masculine and feminine forms (that's why only one form is shown for each of the two words).
Allons au leçon numéro 1b.