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CONVERSATIONAL GRAMMAR

FRENCH LANGUAGE

A PRACTICAL GUIDE

TO OBTAIN A THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF THE LANGUAGE,

SO AS TO BE ENABLED TO WRITE AND CONVERSE

IN A VERY SHORT TIME.

By Dr. L. GEORG.

LONDON:

D. NUTT, 2 70, STRAND.

Basle: Neukirch (H. Georg).

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PREFACE.

The title of this Book already explains the purpose for which it has been published. The Author feels convinced that its use will materially assist those persons who are desirous of obtaining a correct grammatical acquaintance with this Language; but it will be found of more especial service to those who wish to speak the Language in as short a time as possible. The Author likewise natters himself that it will be found useful to those English Masters who may be engaged in giving lessons in French.

Conversational Exercises have been added to each rule, in order that the Pupil may be enabled to apply that which he has previously learned, which phrases may be extended or changed at the option of the Master.

Should this Publication obviate the general want of a book of this kind, the Author will consider himself more than amply repaid for his trouble.

Dr. GEORG.

July, 1855.

Works Published by the same Author.

1. Elementar - Grammatik der französischen

Sprache, nebst eingeflochtenen Konversationsübungen, eine praktische Anleitung die französische Sprache in kurzer Zeit verstehen, sprechen und schreiben zu lernen, von Dr. L. Georg. 3te verbesserte Auflage. Genf, Deutsche Buchhandlung von J. Kessmann, 1854r

2. Aufgaben zur Einübung der französischen

Aussprache, eine Vorschule zu jeder französischen Grammatik, von De. L. Georg. Basel, Neukirch'she Buchhandlung (H. Georg), 1855.

3. Cours élémentaire de Langue Anglaise, ou

Introduction pratique et graduée à l'étude de la Grammaire, par le Dr. L. Georg. 2e Edition, revue et augmentée d'Exercices de Conversation. Genève, Librairie Allemande de J. Kessmann, 1854.

4. Grammaire pratique de la Langue Allemande,*

par le Dr. L. Georg. Ouvrage publié avec l'approbation du Conseil de l'Instruction publique du Canton de Vaud. 2e Edit. Genève, Librairie Allemande de J. Kessmann, 1854.

5. Lehrbuch zum systematischen Studium der

französischen Sprache, mit eingeflochtenen Konversationsübungen, zum Privat und Schulgebraucb, von Dr. L. Georg. Basel, Neukirch'sche Buchhandlung (H. Georg), 1855.

6. Uebersetzung der Aufgaben aus Dr. Georg's

Lehrbuche zum systematischen Studium der französischen Sprache, zum Gebrauch für Lehrer und Selbststudierende. Basel, Neukirch'sche Buchhandlung (H. Georg), 1855.

* Pirated by H. Dessain, at Liege (Belgium), Place St. Lambert, 1854.

A CONVERSATIONAL GRAMMAR

OP THE

FRENCH LANGUAGE.

PRONUNCIATION.

Sect. 1.—Alphabet.

The French Alphabet consists of twenty-four letters, .which are pronounced in the following manner :—

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Simple Vowels (voyelles simples): a, e, i, o, u, y.

Compound VoiceU (voyelles composées): ai, ei; au, eau; eu, eau; ou.

Diphthongs (diphthongues): ay, oi, oy, ui, uy. All the other letters are consonants (consonnes), to which may be added k and w, only used in foreign names.

Sect. 2.—Signs And Accents.

There are in French three accents (accents), which serve to determine the pronunciation of certain vowels :—

1. The acute accent (l'accent aigu), which slopes in the same direction as the writing ( ' ); for instance, l'été, the summer.

* The pronunciation of q and u cannot be expressed by means of English letters, with sufficient accuracy; they must be learned with the assistance of the master.

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