I had no idea French had so many vowels!
Yes, it's been so fun to learn the new vowels (such as œ and y) but it's also a struggle to remember to pronounce them properly when I'm reading aloud. I have to slow down a lot!
April 23, 2018
I found this great French show on Netflix called Wakfu. It's for pre-teens, so it isn't as boring as watching, say, Pepe the Pig. However, I still have major issues understanding what's going on. I do catch phrases and words here and there though, which is encouraging.
I completed the phonetics playlist from the U of Michigan, but I'm going to go through it at least once more. It was absolutely fascinating to learn that the pronunciation of E depends on the number of consonants that follow. This was a major break-through for understanding French spelling of words like télévision and élèves. Turns out the És and Ès aren't just random.
My Easy French book has an exercise to write eight yes/no questions that one might ask a seat partner on an airplane flight, using varied question forms. Since there isn't an answer key, I thought I'd throw them out here. If anyone has corrections, I'd love to hear them. And yes, some of the questions might be weird, as I didn't much like being restricted to yes/no questions, and I wrote these questions without being able to rely on a dictionary or Google Translate.
- Est-ce que vous avez un épouse/un mari ? (I am hoping that épouse translates to "wife")
- Est-ce que vous parlez l'anglais ?
- Êtes-vous professeur ?
- Vous avez une voiture ?
- Est-ce que vous jouez le violon ?
- Avez-vous un animal ? (Not sure if this is an okay way to ask if someone has a pet. I've never learned the word for pet.)
- Est-ce que vous avez mal à la tête ?
- Aimez-vous mes cheveux ? ("Do you like my hair?" is what I was going for. I'm socially awkward, so it's plausible that I would actually ask this question.)