Do you know that you can read French, even if you never had a French lesson
Because so many French words resemble English words, you will be able to get the gist of some French writing just by reading the French words that resemble English words.
You probably will not be able to make out entire sentences, but you should be able to understand enough French words and phrases to get the main ideas.
The French words that resemble English words are in capital letters to make reading this French easiest for you.
Simply skim through these excerpts reading only the French words in capital letters that resemble English words, and this should enable you to understand the main ideas.
This is similar to something you may have done while reading English, skimming through any written article, not reading every word, but instead picking out only the main ideas.
The larger your English vocabulary is, the more foreign words you will recognize as being related to English.
The French words may not mean exactly the same thing as the English words they resemble, but they usually mean something similar.
If you do not immediately understand the connection between a capitalized French word and its English relative, simply skip over it and go on to the next capitalized French word that is obviously related to English.
You will understand the meanings of many main words that resemble English, so you might be able to figure out the meanings of some of the other French words.
Few people ever attempt to read a foreign language unless they have studied it, but the truth is that the many words similar to English will enable you to read some in these foreign languages if you try.
The easiest foreign language for you to read may be French.
All ten Easiest Foreign Languages having thousands of words similar to English are easier to read compared to any other foreign language.
French may be the easiest foreign language for you to read because it has the most words similar to English. So when you try to read French you be able to understand some because so many French words have entered English.
As an English speaker, you will recognize many more words in written French than in Dutch or German - even though the latter two languages are linguistically closer to English.
Read French When You Travel
These French passages demonstrate that the many words in French similar to English will enable you to attempt to read some of the French writing you will encounter on a visit to France, or any other French-speaking country.
So when you see French in print, you can skim through it looking for words you recognize as related to English.
When you travel, recognizing even a few words related to English can be of help to you in foreign countries.
Seeing words similar to English in French will enable you to begin to read some French.
You can try to read French at your own pace, unlike being forced to keep up when trying to listen to a foreigner speak French.
Since so many French words resemble English, it makes sense to take advantage of your entire lifetime of experience with the English words that resemble French words.
Although though many Europeans can speak English, some still cannot speak English. For tourists, learning to read some French words is a crucial ability to develop because it permits tourists to get by even though they are unable to speak French, nor able to understand what French people might say to them in French.
[The following excerpts are adapted from franceguide.com -- “SITE OFFICIEL du TOURISME EN FRANCE”]
Aix-EN-PROVENCE, la PROVENCE PAR EXCELLENCE
Vos SENS seront mis EN éveil par les COULEURS et SENTEURS des MARCHÉS, des FRUITS et LÉGUMES GORGÉS de SOLEIL, par les ARÔMES de la CUISINE PROVENÇALE et le MURMURE des vieilles FONTAINES.
EN FAMILLE OU EN AMOUREUX, Aix EN PROVENCE EST le RENDEZ-VOUS IDÉAL des GOURMANDS et des CURIEUX.
Marseille, PORTE de la PROVENCE
Marseille, CAPITALE EUROPÉENNE de la CULTURE EN 2013, OFFRE à ses VISITEURS l’AUTHENTICITÉ de ses 26 siècles d’HISTOIRE, la CONVIVIALITÉ de ses HABITANTS et la RICHESSE de son PATRIMOINE.
Venez EXPLORER ses 111 quartiers, APPRÉCIER sa douceur de vivre, DÉCOUVRIR ses MUSÉES et parcourir ses calanques d’une BEAUTÉ EXTRAORDINAIRE.
Au cœur d’une RÉGION À LA BEAUTÉ intemporelle, Nice, CAPITALE de la French Riviera éveille et STIMULE tous vos SENS : VILLE d’HISTOIRE, de CULTURE, d’ART, de CRÉATION, d’ÉVÉNEMENTS, de loisirs, de NATURE, de douceur, de SAVEURS gustatives.
Elle CULTIVE le CHARME AUTHENTIQUE d’une CITÉ MÉDITERRANÉENNE et OFFRE une PALETTE INNOMBRABLE d’ACTIVITÉS et de VISITES.
Nîmes, la VILLE avec UN ACCENT
Nîmes EST à la fois ROMAINE, CLASSIQUE et CONTEMPORAINE.
VILLE d’ART et d’HISTOIRE, DYNAMIQUE et CONSCIENTE de ses TRÉSORS, elle a su PARFAITEMENT CONSERVER les NOMBREUX témoins de son RICHE PASSÉ et se TOURNE aujourd’hui vers l’ART CONTEMPORAIN pour PARFAIRE sa BEAUTÉ.
Avignon, CITÉ des PAPES
RÉSIDENCE des PAPES au Moyen ÂGE, Avignon a gardé l’empreinte de ce DESTIN GRANDIOSE : le PALAIS des PAPES, le pont, les REMPARTS, les églises et CHAPELLES donnent à la VILLE UNE ATMOSPHÈRE UNIQUE.
Berceau d’un PRESTIGIEUX FESTIVAL de THÉÂTRE CONTEMPORAIN, VILLE EUROPÉENNE de la CULTURE EN l’an 2000, Avignon a AUSSI le goût de l’AVANT-GARDE. Venez PROFITER de ses MULTIPLES CONTRASTES.
Reading only words similar to English in an Easiest Foreign Language will give you some comprehension, although as someone said: “at times it was like looking through a dirty window--you get the basic idea of what's going on, but some of the color and detail are lost.”