American English for French Speakers
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American English for French Speakers

Avoid common translation mistakes between French and English and learn American pronunciation
4.4 (154 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
4,730 students enrolled
Created by Jennifer Wagner
Last updated 5/2017
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Price: Free
This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What you'll learn
  • Avoid common translation mistakes between French and English
  • Pronounce French words borrowed into English with an American accent

  • Learn the actual meanings and pronunciations of English words borrowed into French

  • Translate between French and American English more accurately
Requirements
  • Some knowledge of English is required since most of the lectures are completely in English. (Some lectures include French translations.)
Description

Bienvenue and welcome to American English for French speakers!

This course is designed for French speakers learning American English. Ce cours est destiné aux francophones qui apprennent l’anglais américain.

In this course, you will learn how to avoid common translation mistakes between French and English, such as what the word Yankee really means and why you should not say I speak American. You will also learn the American English pronunciation and meanings of French words used in English, including false cognates (faux amis) and the American English pronunciation and actual meanings of English words used in French, such as baby-foot, relooking, and baskets (which actually mean foosball, makeover, and sneakers in real American English!)

Finally, you will learn some common differences between French and English grammar, such as word order, how to translate the pronoun on, and how to use would, could, and should in English. There are also some multiple choice quizzes to test your knowledge.

Please enjoy this free course on American English for French speakers!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is designed for French speakers who are learning American English.
  • English language learners who don't speak French will also find the videos useful for listening to the American accent.
Course content
Expand all 22 lectures 01:03:29
+ Common Mistakes
3 lectures 06:27
Introduction
01:27

Learn to avoid common translation mistakes that French speakers make when learning and speaking English.

Common Mistakes
03:06
List of Common Mistakes (from Video)
01:54
Common Mistakes Quiz
5 questions
+ Pronunciation
5 lectures 16:52
Introduction to Pronunciation Section
00:47
Learn the American English pronunciation of words that are very similar to French words.
Pronunciation of French-English Cognates
03:00
Learn the American English pronunciation (and meanings) of French words used in English.
Pronunciation of French Words used in English
04:29

Learn the American English pronunciation of words related to food and cooking derived from French.

Pronunciation of French Food Words
03:25

Learn the American English pronunciation of cities, states, and other locations that are derived from French.

Pronunciation of French Geographic Names in the United States
05:11
French Words used in English Quiz
5 questions
+ Vocabulary
5 lectures 17:15
Introduction to Vocabulary Section
00:52

Learn the actual meanings and pronunciations of words that are easily confused between French and English, part 1.

French-English False Friends I
04:18
Learn the actual meanings and pronunciations of words that are easily confused between French and English, part 2.
French-English False Friends II
03:42
English Words Used in French (Are Not Used the Same in English)
00:18

Learn the actual meanings and pronunciations of English words that are used in French.

English Words Used in French
08:05
English Words used in French Quiz
5 questions
+ Grammar
7 lectures 22:06
Introduction to Grammar Section
00:35

Learn how to avoid some common translation mistakes related to word order in statements.

Word Order
02:13

Learn how to ask questions in American English with proper word order.

Asking Questions
04:49
English Word Order Quiz
8 questions

Learn how to use would, could, should and their translations in French.

Would, could, and should
03:56
Would, could, should Quiz
6 questions

The are many translations of the pronoun on in English.

Translating the pronoun on
03:25
Uncount Nouns
03:14

How to translate the progressive verb tenses in American English.

Progressive Verb Tenses
03:54
+ More American English
2 lectures 00:54
Congratulations! You've finished!
00:36

Learn about a free website for learning more American English vocabulary

Learn more vocabulary
00:18