Speaking with a French accent is chic. But using French accents correctly in spelling is even more chic! Can you use them all correctly?
One thing that the English language does not have in common with French is that there are numerous symbols that go above and below French words. These are known as French accents, of course! There are five different kinds of French accents. Four of these go over vowels, while one of them goes under consonants. Let's explore this a bit further.
To begin, there is the cédille. It looks like this: Ç. Pretty cool, huh? Why doesn't English have a letter that is that graceful? Next we have the accent aigu, é. You'll notice that this accent points forward and only goes over the letter E. Then there's the accent circonflexe, and it goes over a number of vowels, like this: â, ê, î, ô, û. Now we move our attention to the accent grave. It points backwards, like this: à, è, ù. Last, but not least, we have the weird alien accent known as the accent tréma, and it looks like this: ë, ï, ü.
We bet you're thinking that we just gave everything away, but the fun is truly about to begin. We're going to give you the naked word (ooh la la) and you're going to tell us what accent is missing. There is no need to répondez s'il vous plaît to take this quiz!
Le caleçon uses the French cédille. The word means underwear! Ooh la la.
Le canapé in French means "the sofa." It uses the accent aigu, which only appears over the letter E.
We all want to visit le vieux château. It means "the old castle" and it employs the accent circonflexe.
Où quite simply means "where." As you can see, it employs the accent grave.
Les garçons means "the boys" in French. It also uses the cédille.
Here we have the popular French word, le café. This is the word for coffee, and it uses the accent aigu.
Une fête is a party, gathering or feast. It uses the accent circonflexe.
Voilà! This is a very famous French expression that means "there you go!" It uses the accent grave.
Noël means Christmas, of course! It uses the remarkable accent tréma.
Reçu is the French word for receipt. You notice that the cédille is employed here.
Soufflé is a fine French dish, which uses the accent aigu in its name. The word means "breath."
Le dîner is the evening meal. It also uses the accent circonflexe.
L'aïeul is the word for "ancestor." This is a good example of the accent tréma.
The accented é is pronounced as ay. This is the accent aigu.
The French word for summer is été. It uses a double accent aigu.
The French word for mother is mère. It uses the accent grave.
L'hôtel is the word for "hotel." It uses the accent circonflexe.
Only three French vowels can use the grave accent. These are à, è and ù.
Ça dure... This little phrase means "It lasts." For instance, true love in Paris. Ça dure...
Bien sûr means "of course." So, of course it uses the accent circonflexe.
The accent è is pronounced as "eh." Remember, this is the accent grave.
Une espèce is the French word for type, or species. It employees the accent grave.
The French word for doctor is médecin. It is pronounced may-deh-sehn.
The word that means the French language is Français. It uses the cedilla or cédille accent
The French word for forest is forêt. It uses the circonflexe accent.
The French word for stifle is étouffer. It employees the accent aigu.
Une lèvre is the French word for "lip." It also uses the accent grave.
The word holà means "whoa there!" That's the only thing the French and Spanish have in common.
The word déjà uses both the accent grave and aigu. It's the French word for "already."
The word for room is une pièce. It can also mean a coin or play.
The French word for market is marché. It uses the accent aigu.
We all know that everything French is très chic. It means "very" and it uses the accent grave.
The word for second, or second place, is deuxième. It uses the accent grave.
The French word for Jamaica is Jamaïque. It uses the tréma accent.
The French word for coincidence is coïncidence. It is pronounced ko-ehn-see-dahns.