FYW 243 : When to capitalise a word in French ?
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When students write in French, I often see words spelled with an initial uppercase which shouldn’t be: the English language uses capital letters in more situations than the French language does - typically with days of the week or months of the year. Let’s go through a useful checklist of words that require a capital letter in French. Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode les Français, les Européens, les Vikings une Française, une femme française la langue française, le français la Joconde La Nuit des temps (de Barjavel) La Bête humaine (de Zola) Le Petit Prince (De Saint Exupéry) Fables de La Fontaine : La Cigale et la Fourmi Le Lièvre et la Tortue Candide ou l'Optimisme (Voltaire) Madame la Directrice, Monsieur l’Ambassadeur, Monsieur le Président / le Ministre lundi, mardi, janvier, février Links and Resources Book your ticket to the French Dictation (live and in replay) Get 15% off with the discount code (until Thursday 19th May, midnight Paris time): yes15
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