I'm currently doing h. w. and I'm trying to learn French and the noises I have to make in order say certain words sound so ugly and awkward. I think it's so beautiful when people know how to speak French correctly; I don't know I'm doubting myself. If you know how to speak french. what helped you learn this language?
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Je parle un peu le francais... I think the biggest limitation when learning the language is that no one tells you about all the silent letters. you see all the romance languages like to have words flow into each other and learning something like italian, the pronunciation is very literal, you say what you see and thats it. in order to make words flow, they add extra vowels onto the end that also contain information about the person who is doing those things. the french on the other hand go the completely opposite direction and add letters onto the end that are always silent, unless the next word starts with a vowel. "comment" becomes "commun" or but when you say "comment-allez vous" its "commun-tall-ay voo". to make it even more confusing, there is also a conditional vowel shift, e's generally make an "uh" sound, unless there is a silent consonant at the end, in which it makes an "ay" sound. thats why "le francais" is pronounced "luh fron-say" versus "les miserables" which is pronounced "lay miser-ob-luh" with just a hint of the L at the end.
you can learn some of this stuff on duolingo, but i think the biggest limitation for me as someone who has finished the french tree is that my grammar is still awkward and sounds strange to french speakers. but there's only so much you can do without moving to france or having someone to actually speak with.1