French without Tears.
For those who would like to remember what they might have forgotten and, possibly, for thosewho might like to forget what they do remember.
I am not able to speak French fluently but, I get by.“
Je ne peux pas parler le
français courament mais, je me débrouille.”
[Je nuh po pah parlay luh fraunsay cooramaun, may, je mu debroolya.” ]
To be able, canPouvoir
[ je po] We can
[noo poovon]You can
[too po] You (ye) can
[voo poovay]He/she can
[il/el po] They can
The Negative “
Not” is two words
comes immediately beforethe conjugated verb and
after it. Therefore ;
I am not able, becomes
Je ne peux pas
[ je nuh po pa]In writing this book our aim is to encourage everyone to speak French withouthassle. Hence the title “French without Tears.” Grammar, pronunciation and accent areessentials in any language but not necessarily in that order or in the beginning. Many of ushave had piano lessons, sadly, few of us have attained proficiency. We believe the
can be offputting and depressing to many, therefore we try to avoid that pitfall. Our firstsentence above indicates the method we have adopted. Where appropriate we portray thebook in this fashion, in English, French and phonetically, getting the reader to speak asearly as possible using and understanding the make-up of sentences. Words in French aresounded evenly and distinctly. In English the emphasis in usually on one syllable oranother. Air
(Fr) [air-o-por] and Im
ant (Eng) -
(Fr) [om-por-ton]By giving you a combination of Nouns, Verbs, Pronouns, Adverbs andAdjectives we would expect you to be able to compose intelligent sentences therebyencouraging you to persist.