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Vous n'avez pas un renne à traire ?

Is "Vous n'avez pas un renne à traire ?" idiomatic?  It's such a weird question, it seems it must be so.  But I don't find anything about i…

Started by Dwayne Roberts

6 Oct 14, 2015
Reply by Dwayne Roberts

Has French phonology changed a lot since 18th century?

Hello everyone, this is my first question. Turkish language, my mother-tongue, borrowed so many words from French since 18th century. I'm s…

Started by Ahmet Baltacı

6 Jul 8, 2015
Reply by Ahmet Baltacı

pronunciation of "e."

If someon could find a rule about when you pronounce "e" as "é" when there's no accent aigue, I would be much obliged.   e.g. descendre /de…

Started by george willms

10 Mar 28, 2015
Reply by Vedas

Les registres de langue: Changing a paragraph from Supported language to Standard language

Hi! I need help changing this paragraph that is written in "registre soutenu" (very formal. much vocabulary) to "registre courant" (everyda…

Started by Amanda Gleeson

0 Nov 27, 2014

lavez l'avez

Is there even the slightest pronunciation difference between the words lavez and l'avez ?  If so, can you describe it or perhaps record it?…

Started by Dwayne Roberts

15 Oct 17, 2014
Reply by Neil Coffey

"Posh" French

It is certainly possible to speak of (the equivalent of) "received pronunciation" in French, if one means an accent which is not identifiab…

Started by Jean Dervin

13 May 7, 2014
Reply by Jacques Fabre


Hello, What is the rule of using either accent aigu, accent grave, accent circonflexe, tréma, and cédille?    Thanks

Started by Sarah

5 Mar 3, 2013
Reply by Sarah


Hello all: French language newbie here. I don't understand the pronunciation of "parle" as sung in the 5th and 6th lines of this song. Any…

Started by Mike Muscato

3 Dec 5, 2012
Reply by Jan Loose

A linguistic research on French — native speakers' help needed

[UPDATE: thanks everybody, I've already received several replies, so I don't want to take anyone else's time and so I close this discussion…

Started by Maksim Fedotov

0 Oct 14, 2012

Can I Learn Proper French in Quebec?

I cannot go to Paris, but I can go to Montreal and Quebec City. Is it possible to learn a proper French in Quebec? Avoiding the accent, but…

Started by Eileen

16 Aug 21, 2012
Reply by Neil Coffey


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