Learning French Words Through Etymology and Mnemonics
A New Approach to Vocabulary Study


Learning French Words Through Etymology and Mnemonics makes use of etymology to help you remember French words, and failing that, suggests a mnemonic. Combination of these two approaches in one book separates it from other books on the market. The amount and depth of etymology is carefully chosen to be practical and not overwhelm an average reader. The suggested mnemonics aim to help an educated English-speaking person. An adult or young adult who likes learning vocabulary with some word analysis instead of rote memory will find this book to be helpful and a joy to read. With about 2700 words selected from 7200 in the Lexique corpus sorted in frequency order, this book can be used either as a dictionary or for leisure reading. The hint provided for each word is particularly helpful for short-term memory needed in taking an exam, while the etymological and cultural information will serve you for years to come.

(This book will be published once an appropriate publisher is found. It is the second book of the Learning Words Through Etymology and Mnemonics series, modeled after the first book Learning Spanish Words Through Etymology and Mnemonics, which readers are encouraged to preview for the same style.)


Method Summary

Etymology ⎤
               ⎡ Word analysis <-⎢           ⎥-> this book (Learning French Words through Etymology and Mnemonics)
               ⎢                 ⎣ MnemonicsStudy method <-⎢
               ⎢
               ⎣ Rote memory (e.g. flash cards)

Sample Pages

The main text of this little dictionary arranges the words in the order of their usage frequency per Lexique.org word frequency. Cognates serve as the most important learning aid.

The word frequency data generated from the Lexique corpus is in this file. (This data can also be used to help with word choice in writing. For example, if you prefer a more common word for the sense of "to try", essayer at the frequency position 313 is definitely better than tâcher at 2595.)

Author Biography and Contact

I have a Ph.D. in Chemistry and M.A. in Philosophy. I have taught myself linguistics with an emphasis on morphology and phonology, and have learned to read in multiple European languages. Please contact me by email to yong321@yahoo.com or by filling the form with comments or corrections.


Yong Huang
Oct 2016 —