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You can't, really As I was learning French (English is my first language) the idea of gender of objects can be difficult to grasp. Genders are pretty much arbitrary and is something you just have to remember with each word (this means remembering it as "une fenêtre" rather than "fenêtre"). You can also always listen for a liaison. But usually when speaking ...


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As you know, there are different strains of modern Hebrew pronunciation, including the two major ones: Ashkenazi and Sephardi (by the names I learned them, anyway). Ashkenazi pronunciation is influenced by Yiddish, which in turn is largely Germanic and features some other common European sounds. When I was in Israel, for example, I heard a lot of the uvular [...


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Finding such a dictionary in open-source format is unlikely, due to the labor-intensive nature of composing dictionaries. Your two best bets are probably: Wiktionary. You can download the entire Wiktionary. Depending on your precise needs, and scripting skills, you may be able to coerce it into a usable format for your needs. Any sufficiently old ...


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Grammatical gender in French is pretty much arbitrary. There's not much to understand. Sorry. The usual tip when learning a language with (mostly) arbitrary grammatical gender like French or German is to always learn the article with the noun. When you learn the word for car, learn “la voiture” or “une voiture”. I think I the definite article is taught more ...


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Edit: I've since been recording these cognates and creating open-source activities. I ended up finding a really good book which lists several cognates between all the Romance Languages. It's called EuroComRom - The Seven Sieves: How to Read All the Romance Languages Right Away. According to the book there are: 39 Pan-Romance (PR) words 108 words in 9 ...


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One of the classic grammars for learners of French is Nouvelle grammaire française by André Goosse and Maurice Grevisse (De Boeck, 1995, 396 pages). Size is 23.5 by 15.7 cm, so not "pocket size". Bescherelle La grammaire pour tous (Hatier, 2012; 320 pages; 19.6 by 13.9 cm) is a bit more compact. It contains clear explanations and many commented examples. The ...


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For inherited cognates, my go-to scholarly source is Meyer-Lübke's Romanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch. It is a bit hard to read, because it is in German and has a lot of abbreviations, but it is very comprehensive. A non-scholarly but easier to use source is Wiktionary. If, for example, you want to find the cognates of main (hand), you can go the French ...


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In order to find graded readers in French, you need to look for "[livres en] français facile" ("[books in] easy French"). However, not all books that are marked as "français facile" are graded readers for learners of French as a foreign language. If you find something like FLE (français langue étrangère: French as a foreign language) or a level indication ...


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Direct method: pronunciation is taught through intuition and imitation; students imitate a model - the teacher or a recording - and do their best to approximate the model through imitation and repetition. See here for more: Pronunciation Teaching History and Scope


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I think this article has a lot of good tips for you. Even though some of the tips are about accent, many of the tips aren't. And frankly, if you want to sound like a native, then accent is absolutely part of the equation, so I wouldn't disregard it if I were you. In addition to your clear need for speaking to a variety of natives in order to increase your ...


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I would strongly recommend learning the correct pronunciation from the start instead of a pronunciation based on a different language, for several reasons: You will later need to invest time and effort to unlearn all the incorrect pronunciations. This time is better spent on something more productive. You might get confused when using listening materials ...


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Absolutely, yes. I do this myself and it has given me many more insights than stumbles. What follows is my opinion based on personal experience (you may wish to investigate the academic literature here): Far from creating confusion, simultaneously learning the etymologies and grammars of two (or more) Romance languages enables better understanding of both ...


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So far, I have found the following books: Grégoire, Maïa; Thievenaz Odile: Grammaire progressive du français - Niveau intermédiaire. 4th edition. CLE International, 2017. ISBN 978-2-09-038103-0. This is a book for the CEFR levels A2 and B1. There is a separate answer key: Grammaire progressive du français - Niveau intermédiaire - Corrigés. 4th edition. CLE ...


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Learning French and Spanish simultaneously can be both helpful and challenging. There are a large number of words that are similar in both languages. An example is that the word for "cow" is "vache" in French, and "vaca" in Spanish. That's the helpful part. "Learn one version, and you basically learn both." The challenge consists of distinguishing word ...


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You can try this list generated by a Wiktionary user from the data at the website’s translation tables. There’s a page for each letter, but it shouldn’t be too hard to put them all together.


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Most French words are derived from Latin roots, as are Spanish words. So the languages have a lot of cognates. Of course, words sometimes evolve differently, so having the same etymology doesn't guarantee having the same meaning. But it helps. Many families of French words come into two subfamilies: popular derivations (formes populaires), which have ...


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In Romance languages, adjectives and nouns agree in number and gender, so there are different versions for kings and queens: Catalan: Alexandre primer, Elisabet primera. Spanish: Alejandro primero, Isabel primera. Italian: Alessandro Primo, Elisabetta Prima (note capitalization of ordinal numbers in this context in Italian). French: Alexandre premier, but ...


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Have you tried a language exchange with a French native speaker? I find a language exchange with a native speaker to be a great way to ask many questions, because the language partner is also able to ask a lot of questions about your language. That way neither feel burdened by the other. Of course it is necessary to find a language partner, who is up for it.


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You could watch french youtubers. Youtubers speak the language you'd listen in the street and you can see their body language and expressions. Also you could watch this: Easy Languages - French


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I studied my second year of French and first year of Spanish during the same calendar year. This was no problem, and was actually quite helpful in learning Spanish because I no longer had to consciously recall basic French vocabulary and the similarities made my first year of Spanish go much easier. But the following year, when I was learning more advanced ...


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I think the answer is different based on the French level of the students. If the students are beginners in French, then that means they can't read or understand much, or any, French, no matter the topic (philosophy or otherwise). This means that you simply have to teach them French from the beginning, but you can do it with a heavy/exclusive focus on ...


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Since you are only interested in writing the forms correctly, you might want to learn the endings as a short mnemonic, just like one often learns days, months, numbers, etc. You need to memorize "ons, ez, ent". Just learn the sequence however you prefer. When you need to actually write the verbs, you get the sequence from your memory, check which ...


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Your knowledge of Spanish will help you understanding French vocabulary in a great deal. It won't help you with French pronunciation nor grammar. Even a thorough knowledge of Norwegian would help you understanding German grammar only at a very basic level. It won't help you at all with German pronunciation, and the Norwegian basic vocabulary is actually ...


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At school, our teachers of French abhorred bilingual dictionaries and recommended the following monolingual dictionaries: Dictionnaire Le Robert Micro poche: the current edition is a single volume of 1 680 pages. (In the early 1990s, Le micro Robert de poche, as it was then known, also existed in a two-volume edition.) This dictionary contains 90,000 ...


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While not as good as a real pronunciation coach, one thing that helps me go beyond just trying to replicate someone else making a particular sound until they go "yes, that's it", a technique that is frustrating at best, is the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). The best resource for it would be https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...


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The pros of learning French are that you can then use French. The pros of learning Spanish are that you can then use Spanish. To decide which language to use, you might consider: Which language is more useful to you right now, or in very near future? Which language is more useful for you in the long run? Which language can you more easily practice at the ...


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If I were you, I would choose Spanish as it is one of the most spoken languages in nowadays world. I'm going to make a little comparison between both languages: Over 275 million people around the world speak French; while over 572 million people speak Spanish worldwide, of which 477 million people are native speakers, according to a new report from the ...


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I do not know the Egyptian school system and the concepts of AL/OL and the effects of switching a class are unknown to me. When I was in school, I got generally high grades, but my foreign languages were at average grades, aside from English which was as high as other reading-based subjects. With most school subjects one can get by by being clever and ...


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I have no experience with the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, but the free online dictionaries on the Larousse website may be useful. In particular: The monolingual French dictionary has a sample pronunciation of the canonical form and links to synonyms. It does also have examples of usage, but there is no audio sample for those. The bilingual ...


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