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Suis when placed in front of a vowel should not have a silent S it should sound swees
Which would mean the computer pronunciation is wrong...they should fix this.
Un is used for masculine nouns and une for feminine. You have to learn for each noun whether it is feminine or masculine. Aggghhhhhhh.
Not quite. It's pronounced more like "Ohm," as if you were to sit down and start meditating, but without over-emphasizing the "O." I would consult a book/website/native speaker for a more accurate pronunciation though as there are a couple sounds in French that don't exist in English. (I learned to speak English in America.)
"male" alone is not a good translation for "homme", because "male" is most of times used as an adjective, for example:
- "I am a male person." which translates to "Je suis une personne de sexe masculin."
Ohh I see! Thanks! I was a little confused cause I keep messing up male and man XD
In French, a "liaison" is when a normally silent consonant at the end of a word is pronounced at the beginning of the word that follows it.
For example: "un homme" is pronounced "un-N-homme".
Cautious: consonants in liaisons sometimes change pronunciation. For example, an S is pronounced like a Z when it is in a liaison.
For example: "Je suis un homme" is pronounced "Je suis-Z-un-N-homme".
I could've had it but I always get mixed up with homme !! Any suggestion on remembering homme?
In Spanish, man means "hombre." French, Spanish, and Latin are all very similar. It helps to know the etymology of the word.
How can we know that one word is a masculine or a feminine? Because when I was studying French in my high school (I'm an Indonesian), she told me the clue is that feminine word ends by an 'e'. So, although I know that 'homme' means 'man', somehow I can't stop thinking that it's a feminine word because it ends with an 'e' --> "homm-e".
A noun is a word that represents a person, place, or thing, whether concrete (e.g., chair, dog) or abstract (idea, happiness). In French, all nouns have a gender - they are either masculine or feminine. The gender of some nouns makes sense ("homme" [man] is masculine, "femme" [woman] is feminine) but others don't: the words "personne" [person] and "victime" [victim] are always feminine, even when the person or victim is a man.
It is very important to learn a noun's gender along with the noun itself because articles, adjectives, some pronouns, and some verbs have to agree with nouns; that is, they change depending on the gender of the noun they modify.
There is no easy way to determine the gender of every noun, and you have to remember the gender with each word. But a number of patterns in suffixes and word endings are helpful: some tend to indicate masculine or feminine nouns (be careful with the exceptions, that are not listed below).
- -age, for ex: barrage (in English: dam)
- -b, for ex: plomb (in English: lead)
- -ble, for ex: comptable (in English: accountant)
- -c, for ex: porc (in English: pork)
- -cle, for ex: oncle (in English: uncle)
- -d, for ex: pied (in English: foot)
- -de, for ex: hybride (in English: hybrid)
- -é, for ex: carré (in English: square)
- -eau, for ex: manteau (in English: coat)
- -ège, for ex: piège (in English: trap)
- -et, for ex: poulet (in English: chicken)
- -eur, for ex: professeur (in English: teacher)
- -f, for ex: cerf (in English: stag)
- -i, for ex: pari (in English: bet)
- -ing, for ex: planning (in English: planning)
- -isme, for ex: capitalisme (in English: capitalism)
- -k, for ex: tank (in English: tank)
- -l, for ex: fusil (in English: rifle)
- -m, for ex: prénom (in English: first name)
- -me, for ex: synonyme (in English: synonym)
- -ment, for ex: paiement (in English: payment)
- -n, for ex: garçon (in English: boy)
- -o, for ex: zoo (in English: zoo)
- -oir, for ex: couloir (in English: lobby)
- -one, for ex: cyclone (in English: cyclone)
- -ou, for ex: hibou (in English: owl)
- -p, for ex: loup (in English: wolf)
- -r, for ex: char (in English: tank)
- -s, for ex: tapis (in English: carpet)
- -ste, for ex: cycliste (in English: cycler)
- -t, for ex: yacht (in English: yacht)
- -tre, for ex: lustre (in English: ceiling light)
- -u, for ex: aperçu (in English: outline)
- -x, for ex: choix (in English: choice)
- -ace, for ex: face (in English: face)
- -ade, for ex: limonade (in English: limonade)
- -ale, for ex: cathédrale (in English: cathedral)
- -ance, for ex: romance (in English: romance)
- -be, for ex: syllabe (in English: syllable)
- -ce, for ex: force (in English: strength)
- -e, for ex: robe (in English: dress)
- -ée, for ex: soirée (in English: evening/party)
- -esse, for ex: maîtresse (in English: schoolteacher)
- -eur, for ex: chaleur (in English: heat)
- -fe, for ex: carafe (in English: carafe)
- -ie, for ex: poulie (in English: pulley)
- -ière, for ex: fermière (in English: farmer)
- -ine, for ex: piscine (in English: swimming pool)
- -ion, for ex: éducation (in English: education)
- -ique, for ex: logique (in English: logic)
- -ire, for ex: baignoire (in English: bathtub)
- -ise, for ex: franchise (in English: franchise agreement)
- -ite, for ex: bronchite (in English: bronchitis)
- -lle, for ex: fille (in English: girl)
- -mme, for ex: femme (in English: woman)
- -nde, for ex: seconde (in English: second)
- -nne, for ex: nonne (in English: nun)
- -ole, for ex: auréole (in English: halo)
- -se, for ex: course (in English: race)
- -sion, for ex: pression (in English: pressure)
- -son, for ex: maison (in English: house)
- -té, for ex: acidité (in English: acidity)
- -tié, for ex: amitié (in English: friendship)
- -tion, for ex: partition (in English: score)
- -ue, for ex: grue (in English: crane)
- -ule, for ex: particule (in English: particle)
- -ure, for ex: voiture (in English: car)
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