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"To read, write and speak French has become a necessity
for business, travelling, literary and social purposes."

—SenaLor GEORGE HOAR, Mass.

131 East 23rd Street, New York.

Founded in 1890 under the patronage of 79 distinguished

Americans the list of whom is at ihe disposal

of the persons interested.

r. BERGER, Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur, Pvesident.

Former professor of the "Association Polytechnique" of Paris.

Author of books adopted by the French Government (Univer-

site) and the Cities of Paris and New York, for public schools.

F. Berber's Method for Learning: French(l 907-8).


Any schools inlrodiicitig Prof. BERGER'S NEW
IMPROVED METHOD inlo their currictdum
would soon acquire a reputation for the teaching of
French and would secure the patronage ofallfafnilies
desiring a correct knowledge of French conversalioi .

Berger's KEY to French Pronunciation. (Page s.)

French English French

sounds: equivalent: model = words :

• a ?I = ^? in car,

e = rt: in cake,B>

\,y = /in ///y, rt ) po-pu-la-rj-te X

o = rt

'Sj H


^ i: « S

^ f' a "


O oi
35 ^


> _tn fl (ft
"i n it

> s

cr y
y c
a a>

•- S

■ - «


O 1-1

ti Xi .; over letters, indicates
a ^ hort sound ; beneath, it means that the two sounds run to-
gether and form but one. "[Thesign^ means: soundslike .
iThe pages 148-14.9 complete the Pronunciation.)

( Copyright', by F- Bergtr, iqoo.)

A good start insures success. It is therefore im
portant that the pupil should, from the outset, know
how to pronounce, to perfection, the words popularity)
air, enfant, reine, deux, vin, bien, bon, roi, fou, brun,
these words having to be used as models, or as a
KEY to the pronunciation.

The teacher will have to enable the pupil to
understand, and to answer his questions when he
will say to him, in French, at the second lesson:

Voulez"-vou^' bien lir^ les'^ mots^ de" la cle.^

■Will you kindly read the words of the KEY.

Voulez-voui' repeter" ces'^ mots, s'il* voui' plai/.

Will you repeat these words, if you please.

O/^elf mo/ de la cle donnif J les son^' de a, e, i, o, u ?

Which word o'L the KEY gives the sounds cf A, e, I, O, t;7

0/^el f mot de la cle donn^ la prononciation || de

Which word of the KEY gives the pronunciation of

IN, UN, AI, EI, EU, OI, OU, ON, lEN, AN and EN ?

That done, the pupil will learn the little conversa-
tional sentences on pages i 2 and 14, without caring, at pres-
ent, for all the pages concerning rules of pronunciation,
which the teacher will explain as an opportunity occurs.
Such is already the case with the above French sentences
in which the figures, to the right of words, refer to rules
bearing corresponding figures, on page 11.

Notci, The vowels and consonants printed in ilatic are silent.

* s'il stands for si it, the apostrophe ' indicating the elision of the letter i for
the sake of euphony.— t el sounds like ell in English, as in shell^ t o followed
by double NN, see page 149. U < = c.

Wote about the pronunciation of the letter E.

In the KEY to pronunciation, page 8, of my new method
for learning French ( edition of 1902 ), the sound of the
French letter i is indicated equivalent to English a, as
in cake, or as in the French words: ei, nez, pied, aller, ox e
\x\ popular iiL However, it is preferable to teach the pupils,
from the start, to pronounce it like e of the word h ^ r, or
like ea of ^arth, which sound is most generally used, viz: le,
me, de, je, revo'xx. In the latter word, the e is little sounded;
and when ending a syllable inside a word and being un-
marked, the e is often silent as in the word ev(?ning.
The sound of e changes according to the mark called
accent, accent, put over it.

This mark ' ( e ), named acute, accent at'gu, indicates
a quick, brief sounJ, as in popularity. The mark ^ (e ) called
o-rave accent, accent gravi, indie ites a broader sound like «
in mifrry. The sign "^ (e) called circumflex, accent circonfltxe
indicates a broader sound as e in wh ^re, but often it shows
merely the disappearance of the letter s used formerly, ex:
pSi-ie, {ox paste; arret, {ox arrest: lie, {ox isle; The circum-
flex accent " is used on all vowels: a,

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