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JAER > Volume 4, Number 2, May 2019

A Discussion on the Memory Strategies of the Gender of Nouns in Teaching French as a Second Foreign Language

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DOI: 10.22606/jaer.2019.42005

Author(s)
Zhang Jin’e
Affiliation(s)
College French Teaching & French Culture, Yangtze University, Jingzhou, China
Abstract
"Gender"1 (le genre) is a typical grammatical feature of French nouns. Compared with English, this is a prominent feature of French, and this feature also constitutes one of the difficulties in French learning. Accurately remember French nouns’ gender is the basis for the proper use of articles and adjectives. The study and mastery of French nouns’ gender often causes great trouble to Chinese French learners, especially to English majors who take French as a second foreign language. Even native French speakers do not understand the gender of all nouns, and the mastery of gender is acquired rather than inherent. This paper mainly summarizes some methods and techniques of French nouns’ gender acquisition and memory from the formation of nouns in order to help Chinese French learners better learn and master the French nouns.
Keywords
Grammatical gender, morphology, semantics, suffix
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