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Free Masterclass – Day #9

Top 30 French Mistakes English Speakers Make
Free Masterclass – Day #9

25. Grammar mistake: “Tu as des chiens?” “Oui, j’ai deux”

Unlike English, in French, you always need to say what it is you are counting. We say “il est deux heures”, “il a dix ans”… If you don’t want to repeat the thing you are counting, you need to use “en”.

Watch out for en with nouns introduced by:

  • a digit, including un. Tu as un chien? Oui, j’en ai un – with digits, you need to repeat the quantity.
  • zero, as in “pas”. Tu as un chien? Non, je n’en ai pas.
  • some: partitive articles du, de la, de l’, des. Tu as du pain? Oui, j’en ai.
  • adverbs of quantity: un peu, beaucoup… Tu as beaucoup d’amis? Oui, j’en ai beaucoup – with adverbs, you need to repeat the adverb.
Correct answer: oui, j’ai deux chiens – oui, j’en ai deux.

26. Vocabulary mistake: “le temps est beau”

Hopefully, if you studied the free master class on French weather you received when you liked FrenchToday on Facebook, you are not making this mistake… but since I hear it at least once a day from my phone students, let’s make sure :-)

I urge you to learn by heart these 5 sentences:

  • “Quel temps fait-il ?” – What’s the weather like?
  • “il fait beau” – It’s nice out. The weater is nice.
  • “il fait chaud” – it’s warm out.
  • “il fait mauvais” – it’s not nice out. The weather is bad.
  • “il fait froid” – it’s cold out.

Of course, there is much more to say about the weather, but these 5 sentences are the core of it. They will be used each time you talk about the weather and will give you the essential info you need to know to dress for the day :-)

For a lot more weather vocabulary and expressions, we have a completely free 30 minutes audio lesson that you can download from our Facebook page in 2 clicks

27. Pronunciation mistake: Beware of the pronunciation of the final “ent”

That is more of a beginner’s mistake, but I too often hear intermediate students that still make it. In any French verbs, the final “ent” is silent (unlike the word silent in English ;-). It’s pronounced like a nasal “an” (the t is always silent) in many words: souvent (often), vent (wind)… but NEVER in verbs.

If you don’t know this yet, or if you need an in-depth review of ER verb conjugation & pronunciation, check out my French Verbs Fundamentals masterclass.

Talk to you tomorrow for the last three of our top 30 French Mistakes English speakers make…


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