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by : Ray
Published 29 August 2010

How to Improve Your English (tips for French speakers)

06.08.2012: updated with the following word lists [1] necessary and essentially sufficient to be able to start reading and enjoying books at the Grade 2-3 level (CE1-CE2):
- Grade 2 regular and irregular verbs
- Grade 2 nouns and adjectives
- Grade 3 regular and irregular verbs


Here you will find some tried and proven guidelines, exercises, tips and tidbits designed to help native French-speakers of all ages and stages - beginners, muddler-alongers, fast-talkers, whatever - to significantly improve their verbal communication skills in the language of Shakespeare and Laurence Sterne:

  • what to do to avoid the key phonetic errors that French speakers are genetically inclined to make in spoken English and which simply MUST be avoided, in descending order of importance:
    • ALWAYS STRESS A FINAL "s"
    • NEVER PRONOUNCE "i" à la française
      => remember that the English short "i" does not even exist in French! [2]
    • ALWAYS PRONOUNCE FINAL CONSONANTS
    • ALWAYS SAY "and" NOT "ond"
    • NEVER SAY "ze" or "te" or "de" FOR "the"
  • Useful [3] Sayings and Proverbs:
    • Old Favourites
    • Words of Wisdom
    • Everyday Sayings
      English For French Speakers - 1
      English For French Speakers - 2
      English For French Speakers - 3
      English For French Speakers - 4
      English For French Speakers - 5
      English For French Speakers - 6

      Useful Sayings and Proverbs - 1
      Useful Sayings and Proverbs - 2
      Useful Sayings and Proverbs - 3
      Useful Sayings and Proverbs - 4

      Grade 2 English Verbs
      Grade 3 English Verbs
      Good little words

Notes

[1extracted from the Canadian series "Get Smart English - Grades 1, 2 and 3"

[2lthe English short "u" doesn’t exist in the language of Molière either - think of words like "but" and "butter" and "up" and "under" and so on. But the short "i" sound is way more central to the language - think of basic terms like "is" and "it" and ’if" and "in" and "Smith" that one just has to get right to be understood properly.

[3because they are so widely used by one and all, of all ages and educational stages.