1. 'ER' Verbs.
As just mentioned, our main priority will be the verbs. We are not going to waste our time trolling through lists of nouns, i.e. naming words such as chair, table, wall house etc. or adjectives, the describing words such fast, slow, happy, angry etc. All these words are learnt by default as we work with our verbs. The first lesson is always the same, conjugation. Once you understand how to conjugate a verb everything develops from that point on. All conjugating a verb means is putting it into its different forms according to which person it applies to. A simple example is one of our many verbs that are virtually identical in both French and English. "Change" in English or "Changer" in French. As we can see, in the written form they are virtually identical. We just need to be aware of the different way some of the letters are pronounced. Don‟t worry about your accent, in truth you will get away with far more in France speaking French with an accent than you will if you speak it perfectly like a native. So, getting back to our identical verbs, C H in French is pronounced like our S H, that soft SHHH sound, as in the word SHOW. Anytime you see AN, ON or EN this is pronounced with a nasal ON sound The ER on the end is pronounced as AY as in HAY, SAY etc. So we end up with the French version of change, which is, CHANGER pronounced shon-zhay with the "g" being pronounced much more softly than in English (accompanying audio). To conjugate the verb TO CHANGE in English we go through each of the pronouns I, YOU, HE, SHE etc with the verb I change You change He changes There is very little difference (or change) in the verb depending on which person we apply it to. We just add an S on to the end for HE CHANGES or SHE CHANGES With almost all our verbs in French that end in ER it is a similar story. There is very little change in the verb. All we do is drop the R on the end when we use it in the singular or just referring to one person. So to say I change, You change and He changes we say Je change (Je shonge) Tu changes (Tu shonge) Il change (Il shonge) Obviously, Je means I, Tu means You and Il means He. We don‟t pronounce the "S" in TU CHANGES. Phonetically, change, or shonge, is pronounced the same way each time. Don‟t bother getting your notebooks out just yet to jot all this down. We will constantly be going back over this and the pronouns in French are another thing that you will learn by default simply by working with your verbs.