The best cure to calm you done apart a strong Cognac is knowing your French alphabet. You will never say anymore, ” Monsieur “What ever his name was” called.
Now you can relax, take notes and make sure you understood by repeating back the dreaded letters.
I’ve devised a very simple way to memorise it: You have to draw columns and organise it by sounds or difficulties.
the first one is the Ahhh column ( A, H, K),
the second one include all letters in ee like BCD becoming bé,cé dé…
the third on one is the tricky one: I’ve put a few letters, but you can add more. If you can pronunce “LE”, “JE”, “DE”, “ME”, etc, you know how to pronounce the lettre E.
the fourth column is like in English, but careful with the O, it’s not a diphtongue.
the fifh is the column of the I ( or ee), i comme ici, j, x ,y ( coming from the Greek alphabet)
the sixth beeing of the U sound, like TU, VU, SU
So practice at home, make sure you have memorised this chart so that you can draw it quickly before you have to make this oversea phonecall.
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