A brief overview of the French language

Feb 3rd, 2012
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This is a presentation of the French language, from a birds-eye's view. It goes over the general outline of the grammar, with a few bits of historical explanations. Very useful for the beginning French learner.

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French, Day 4 & 5A brief overview of the French languageWhen learning a new language, it's a good idea to learn a bit about the history and culture of itsspeakers. In this document I'll present a short summary of the origin of the French languagefollowed by a birds-eye view of the structure of the language.French originates from, as you might have guessed, the country of France. Now, originally, thelanguage spoken by the Celtic peoples who lived in the area was far from what we know today asFrench. After Julius Caesar conquered the region, the language started being heavily influenced byRoman culture. French is a Romance language, meaning that it is derived from Latin, the languageof the Romans (and besides, it is pretty romantic too). This means that French is really similar toSpanish and Italian, because they are a part of the same language family.That's all the background information you'll need to know for now. Now, here's a basicintroduction to the basic characteristics and structure of the language. Note that I won't be goingin depth in any of the topics, I'll just be covering just enough to give you a sense of how Frenchrelates to other languages, from a grammatical perspective. Remember, learn from similarities,unlearn from differences.Writing SystemFrench uses the standard 26-letter Latin alphabet, with accent marks for some of the vowels and acdille marking a soft C: . For more information, refer to the Day 3 assignment. Al

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