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French Friday: accents

Bienvenue à un autre édition de Vendredi Français. Thank you for this suggestion, divinebc! I utmost appreciate it. 😃

Okay, so this week, I want to cover two things if the time permits. If not, well, I’ll just have to wait until next Friday God’s willing. I’ve spent some time listening to French on YouTube and I must say that not all of the YouTubers are very reliable when it comes to describing the accents and their functions, so I want to discuss that today. I also found some notes while going through my old French notebook. 😄


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No, not that one. The ones above or under a letter and in French, there are 5 accents:

1. Accent Aigu {é}

This accent makes the “AY” sound and it’s only found on the letter “e”. It is also the most popular of the French accents.

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2. Accent Grave {à, è, ù}

This accent defines the meaning between words that sound the same. For example: “ou” – or/ “où” – where) and “à” – at/”à” – has. It also gives the letter “e” a short sound as in “let”.

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3. Accent Circonflexe {â, ê, î, ô, û}

This accent lengthens the vowel sound. It also indicates that an “s” used to follow that vowel (eg. écouter and escouter).

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4. Accent Cédille {Ç}

My favorite accent! It can only be found under the letter “c” before the vowels “a, o, u”. It changes a hard “c” to a soft “c” sound and it gives the “c” and “s” sound. 

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5. Accent Tréma {ë, ï, ü}

This accent indicates that the vowel is to be pronounced separately from the one immediately before it. I learned this one from Rocket Languages. This two parallel dots accent is the least popular one of the five. I don’t know why. I think this accent is pretty cool for it looks like two dots and acts like a crown. 

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And that’s all the time I have! I was expecting this session to be lengthier as I wanted to talk about the alphabet, but time is not on my side today. To quickly recap:

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Apart from relearning French accents and the alphabet, I did not really get into another language this week. However, the Japanese Embassy just sent us (the library) a DVD on Japanese cuisine and handouts on sake so I’m going to watch/read those over the weekend and I’ll tell you what I learned next week God’s willing.

What about you? What have you learned this week that you’ll love to share? Doesn’t matter what language you’re learning, we’re all here to learn.

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Books & Reviews 📚, Challenges/Tags/Fun Stuff

The Reader’s Confession Tag

I love doing tags! I did this tag two years ago, but not on this blog, so I’ll be doing it once again for this blog. Anyway, enough chit-chat, here we go!

Have you ever damaged a book?

I can happily say no. 

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Again, I can say no. Whenever I borrow a book from someone, I keep it in tip-top condition, even if the book is not in excellent shape! 

How long does it take you to read a book?

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If only I can still read 4-5 books in a week! I realized that although I have a huge TBR to kill, my reading is a bit slow lately. I am currently reading 3 books at once, but I don’t have the zeal to finish them right away. If it’s a James Patterson book I’ll gobble it up in one day or two no matter how bad. 

Books that you haven’t finished?

Hmm… I think I may have mentioned some of those books during my book reviews. I was able to finish all of my recent reads. Oh, there was one I couldn’t get into and therefore, I didn’t finish and that was Paper Towns by John Green. Ooh, and that Jane Austen book, Pride and Prejudice. I tried reading it thrice already and it just ain’t for me. 

Hyped/Popular books that you don’t like?

I don’t really care for hyped books for most of them are YA anyway. Ah! James Patterson’s Confession series. Man, I dislike everything about that series! 

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

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I am never embarrassed about what I read. After all, I was the one who chose the book, so even if it’s an awful YA book, I’ll tell you that I’m reading an awful YA book.

How many books do you own?

There is no way that I’m going to count them all. I’m happy that I have at least 150 books after unhauling to make way for more books. By the end of the year, I may have 400! 🙄

Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

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I’m no way in Spencer Reid’s gifted reading field, but I’m a pretty fast reader when I can get into the book. I can speed read, but lately, I’m reading like a snail. 🐌

Do you like to buddy read?

No, but I’m willing to try it… that is if anyone wants to buddy read with me.

Do you read better in your head or out loud?

I read better in my head, but lately, I’ve found myself reading the Bible out loud. 💙

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If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

The Bible for it is the Word of God and it is the foundation on which I stand on when it comes to my relationship with the Creator. 

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