A self-guided course for a person wishing to learn how to read French with reasonable ease. This course is password protected. For access, please contact the Professor.
Introduction to doing this course online. Go here before doing anything else.
Cognates, Faux amis, Gender, Definite Articles, Indefinite Articles (and Partitive), Regular Plurals of Nouns, Irregular Plurals of Nouns, Prepositions.
Adjectives: Agreement, Position, Endings; Prepositions, Normally Preceding Adjectives, Expressions of Quantity, Possessive Adjectives, Numbers, Contractions.
Infinitives and Past Participles of Regular Verbs, Adverbs, Comparison of Adverbs, À and De phrases, En and De phrases, Third-Person Present of Regular Verbs.
Subject Pronouns, Reflexive Verbs, Dont, Adjectives, Infinitives, Il faut, Impersonal Verbs. Readings: Light, Sound, The Air, Psychologists At Work, Oxygen, Nitrogen, A Mathematical Mystery.
The Negative (Negative Adverbs, Pronouns, Adjectives, Donjunctions); The Ne…que Construction; The Irregular Verb tenir. Readings: Gravity, Mathematics, the Practical Mind of the Americans.
Subject Pronouns, Present Tense of Regular Verbs, Future & Conditional Tenses of Regular Verbs. Readings: The Calculation of Probabilities, Critique of Rousseau's Ideas about the Education of Children (Mme de Staël).
Special future and conditional stems, Past tenses, Translation of the imperfect tense. Readings: The Solitary Walker (Rousseau), the Solar System, A Lively Mind.
Direct and indirect object pronouns, Irregular verb être, Compound tenses, "House-of-Being" verbs. Readings: Atomic Submarines, The Sea, The Stranger (Albert Camus). Essential Word Review II.
Present participles, Comparison of adjectives, The definite demonstrative pronoun (celui), The verb prendre, The verb faire. Readings: In Switzerland (Mme de Staël), Political Authority (Diderot), Dolphins (Cousteau-Diolé)
Inverted word order in French (the form "que" followed directly by the verb), Causative faire, The irregular verbs mettre, savoir, voir, and pouvoir. Readings: The New World: Impressions of a Frenchman (Tocqueville), Surfaces of Plane Figures, Proverb.
Supplemental auxiliary verbs, The pronoun lequel, The pronominal adverb en, Irregular verbs vouloir, devoir, aller. Readings: Thorium and Uraniam 233, Sociology.
Past definite (passé simple), Expressions of time (depuis, il y a), Irregular verb venir, The immediate past. Readings: The American War (1775-83), Sciences in the Seventeenth Century.
Relative pronouns, Gender as it affects meaning, The adjective tout, The verb ouvrir. Readings: Generative linguistics, Candide, or Optimism (Voltaire).
Short adjectives with variable meaning, Possessive adjectives, The pronominal adverb y, Conjunctions, The Author's Irregular Stem Index. Readings: An Interview between the Pope and the Emperor (Alfred de Vigny), Professional Orientation and Selection.
Disjunctive pronouns, Imperatives, The word aussi. Readings: A Critique of Tom Wolfe, Logic Circuits.
Subjunctive mood, Possessive pronouns, The verbs partir and se servir de. Readings: Mass and Energy, Napoleon's Entrance into Moscow (Chateaubriand).
Pronominal verbs (again!), Interrogatives, Inversion, Ne without pas. Readings: Islam, Le Passe-muraille (Marcel Aymé), Biological Oceanography.