c) start with the French word for "hinge", gond [gõ]. Pronounce this two times, then on the third and fourth time, soften the contact to make a fricative. This will lead to the correct pronunciation of rond [ʁõ].
A balanced collection of narrative and informational texts build both literacy and content-area instruction in French. High-Frequency and Alphabet books introduce students to the sounds and most common words in French.
The only way to tell if the h at the beginning of a word is aspirated is to look it up in the dictionary. Some dictionaries will place an asterisk (*) in front of the entry word in the French-English H section if the h is aspirated.
The origin of this beautiful French word can be explained if you split parapluie in half to make para + pluie. Para- is a prefix used to indicate protection (think “parasol,” protection from the sun or “parachute,” protection from falling) and pluie is the French word for “rain.”
When starting to learn French, it is. always a good idea to memorize the most common words first. This will enable you to understand many more situations than if you were leaning your French vocabulary from random sources.