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The French and English languages share the same alphabet. However, many other things differ between the two languages, and more often than not, French teaching methods teach French as if the rules were absolutely logical and obvious, not realizing how surprising and even disturbing French can be to an English speaker.

French grammar and French pronunciation can be particularly complicated for English speakers.

So in this article, I’ll explain what to watch out for, and the best approach to learn French for English speakers.

French Grammar Is Not Obvious

I’ve taught many English speaking adults in my life: some extremely intelligent, with really advanced degrees (rocket scientists and brain surgeons… literally!) who couldn’t find a direct object in a sentence, and were baffled by French grammar.

How come? Although it does indeed help, you don’t really have to understand grammar to master English. Therefore unless you studied English literature or unless you were in a school where this was really focused on, many native English speakers don’t really know how to do grammar analysis.

The problem is that most French methods don’t take that into account. So many French methods for complete beginner French students start with the French adjectives agreement and fly over the fact that there is no neutral in French, that even inanimate objects have a gender or state that: “in French adjectives agree in gender and number with the noun they modify”. A sentence which makes no sense when you don’t know (or forgot) what gender and number mean, or can’t always differentiate an adjective from a noun.

I know that some of you reading this will be shocked by this generic statement but, as far as what I can tell from my 23+ years of teaching English speaking adults, this is more often than not the norm.

This is why it’s important you learn French with a method written for English speakers. A method that includes explanations and reviews of what the grammar terms mean, stresses the differences (and commonalities) between the two languages and provides many examples.