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French Writing Links and Resources - Write in French

Activities and resources to work on your French writing skills, as well as criteria used by various agencies to determine French proficiency.
  1. Beginning French Writing (3)
  2. Intermediate French Writing (6)
  3. Advanced French Writing (16)
  4. French Writing Skills (3)
  5. Dictées (7)
  6. French Spelling (13)
  7. Writing Letters (6)

How to Type French Accents
You don't need software or a special keyboard to type French accents - everything you need to know is right here.

Accents
It is essential to put accents in their proper places - an incorrect or missing accent is a spelling mistake just as an incorrect or missing letter would be.

Acronyms and Abbreviations - Acronymes et sigles français
VTT, TGV, DEUG... Feel like you're lost in alphabet soup? Acronyms abound in the French language, especially in newspapers, on the news, and in political discussions. You might not be able to learn every French acronym and abbreviation, but you can get a good head start by memorizing this list of the most common ones.

Aphereses
An apheresis, or aphaeresis, is a word which is shortened by dropping one or more syllables at the beginning of the word, and sometimes adding an extra sound at the end. Aphereses are often informal and are less common in French than apocopes.

Apocopes / Abbreviations
It is very common in French for long words to be abbreviated by dropping one or more syllables at the end, and, in some instances, then adding an -o, such as dico, ordi, and métro. There are some apocopes which are so old that they are normal register, but most are informal or familiar, so use them with caution.

Capitalization
French and English capitalization are quite different, as it is much less common in French. Many words that must be capitalized in English cannot be in French, so read through this lesson to make sure that you're not over-capitalizing your French. Also, find an answer to the debate about whether French capital letters can/should/must be accented.

Capitalization of Titles
The rules for the capitalization of French titles are quite complicated; so complicated, in fact, that I have been unable to find a definitive system. This lesson looks at the three different schools of thought.

Contractions
Although contractions in English are optional, in French they are required, so it is important to learn when and how to make contractions. Fortunately, the rules for French contractions are quite simple.

Hyphens and Dashes - Le Tiret et le trait d'union
Hyphens and m-dashes are important in both English and French, but they are considerably more common in the latter. This lesson explains when, why, and how to use hyphens and m-dashes in French.

French Magnetic Poetry
Magnetic poetry is a fun little tool you can use to learn and practice French. 500 magnets with words and parts of words help you to express yourself in a unique and creative way.

Punctuation - La Ponctuation
Although French and English use nearly all of the same punctuation marks, some of their uses in the two languages are considerably different. Rather than an explanation of the rules of French and English punctuation, this lesson is a simple summary of how French punctuation differs from English.

Roman numerals in French
Roman numerals are used quite often in French, as both cardinal numbers and ordinal numbers. They are commonly used to express dates, time periods, events, and more.

Silent Letters
There are a lot of silent letters in French - make sure you don't forget to write them!

Symbols
A quick reference guide to the names of French symbols and punctuation marks, including ! ? « » * & dozens more.

Choosing an Essay Topic
This article from About's Homework Help guide offers some great tips on brainstorming for ideas when you teacher assigns the dreaded essay or report on "any topic."

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