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Begin learning French with the basic French lessons we've included on this page. Here we teach you how to count in French, how to conjugate French verbs, what those French verbs mean, and we provide an audio guide to French pronunciation. These French language lessons are, of course, meant only as a basic introduction. That's why we've also included online resources you can explore further, including our guide to certified online French courses, to help you find more extensive French lessons as well as auxiliary tools to supplement these exercises. So, without further ado, let's begin with one of the most important French lessons: French pronunciation
Even if this is the first time you've studied French, you're bound to have already noticed: French words are spelled far differently from how they are pronounced. Why is this so? Well, not to bore you with a brief lesson in historical linguistics, but at one point French speakers actually pronounced all the letters in every word. Over time, however, many of the words - and sometimes entire syllables - have been dropped. That explains the disparity between how French words are spelled, and how they are spoken. That's also why it's important to learn the basic rules of French pronunciation.
Here is an an introduction to French pronunciation
parler - to talk
Unlike English, French verbs change all the time depending on who is carrying out the action described by the verb. For example, in English we are able to say, "I talk", then say "you talk", then say "we talk", etc. Notice that the verg "talk" stays the same, and only changes in the third person singular, "he/she/it talks". In French, however, the verb for "talk" changes its form all the time. This is called verb conjugation. Here are the conjugations for the three French verbs listed above. Memorize these, and you'll be ready to work with French verb exercises:
How to count in French