The 5 French Accents

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Les 5 Accents Français
The 5 French Accent Marks
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The 5 French Accents are:
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Accent Aigu (é)
2.
Accent Grave (è)
3.
Accent Circonflexe (ê)
4.
“C” cédille (ç)
5.
Tréma (ë)
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Accent Aigue (é)
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Most popular of the French accents
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Makes the “AY” sound (“play”)
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Only found on the letter “e”
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Slants from top right to bottom left (é)
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Examples – “bébé”, “décembre”, “février”
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Accent Grave (à)
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Second most popular
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Used on the vowels “a, e and u”
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Defines the meaning between words that sound the same
(“à” = at / “a” = has) or (“ou” = or/ “où” – where)
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Gives the letter “e” a short sound as in “let”
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Slants from top left to bottom right
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Examples – “mère”, “problème”, “crème”, “à”, “où”
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Accent Circonflexe (ê)
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Found over the vowels “a, e, i, o, u”.
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Lengthens the vowel sound
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Looks like a teepee tent
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Examples – “tête”, “hôtel”, “dîner”
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“C” cédille –ça va?
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Found only under the letter “c” before the vowels “a, o, u”
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Gives “c”an “s” sound
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Changes a hard “c” to a soft “c” sound
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Written as the bottom/hook half of the number “5”
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Examples – “français”, “ça va?”, “leçon”
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Le Tréma - Haïti
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Makes sure that each vowel has its own pronunciation
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Found over the letter “e, i, and u”
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Two parallel dots
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Least popular accent
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Examples – “Noël”, “Hawaï”

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