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The pleasures and complexities of learning French

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐…๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ก. Many of our pupils are learning a modern foreign language. Here one of our tutors explores the pleasures (and complexities) of the French Language.

๐…๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐œ ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ ๐ž. French is widely considered the worldโ€™s most romantic language and its popularity has seen many people learning the odd phrase. You will likely know the words oui and non and bonjour and au revoir โ€“ not to mention the expression merci beaucoup. Sadly these words on their own will not really suffice if you really want to get by in France! The French are (rightly) very proud of their language and an ability to speak it by non-natives brings great warmth from the French and a wealth of benefits to those who can manage more than a few rote expressions.

๐Œ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ ๐ž: ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐ข๐ซ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ Whilst a very romantic language, French is also a Romance language, full of irregularities and exceptions to rules. Even the Acadรฉmie Franรงaise (ombudsman of the French language) accepted this and 2016 saw the removal of the circumflex (the ^ above certain vowels) from hundreds of words. Of course, there are words where the circumflex indicates meaning, and here the circumflex was kept โ€“ for example โ€œduโ€ means โ€œsomeโ€ and โ€œdรปโ€ is the past participle of devoir, โ€œto have toโ€. Learners have to remember, though, which one is which! For English speakers the scrapping of the circumflex was a shame. For most words, the ^ represented the โ€œsโ€ that had dropped from the old French word - โ€œhรดpitalโ€in French becomes โ€œhospitalโ€ and โ€œmaรฎtresseโ€ becomes โ€œmistressโ€. Similarly โ€œavec hรขteโ€ would become โ€œwith hasteโ€ and โ€œfรชteโ€ would become โ€œfeast/festival/partyโ€.

๐Ž๐ง๐ž-๐ญ๐จ-๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐Œ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐š ๐“๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง Learning French, whilst occasionally quite hard, is also highly enjoyable. At Minerva we have a vast amount of experience in tutoring French language (and its intricacies) and literature. One-to-one bespoke lessons are a sure way to make great progress.

๐Œ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐š ๐“๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐…๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ก, ๐†๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ง, ๐’๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง ๐ˆ๐†๐‚๐’๐„, ๐€ ๐‹๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ / ๐ˆ๐๐ƒ๐ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ-๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐.

For details of how we can help your child, please contact Valerie Weston on: Email: valerie.weston@minervatuition.com Phone: +852 6156 5705. We would be delighted to hear from you.


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