Learning to read, write, and speak in a foreign language has to be one of the biggest academic challenges any person can embark on because it makes students think and process things in an unfamiliar way.

If you want to speak a second or third language you have to be comfortable with stepping outside of your comfort zone. Language students face daily obstacles and yet they continue with their lessons and courses. They don't feel threatened by failure, on the contrary, they see it as an opportunity for growth and a form of learning.

If learning a second or third language is one of your career goals then you should work hard to make sure you accomplish said goal someday. We are not saying that by August of this year you have to be at an intermediate level, but what we say is that you should push yourself to accomplish your dreams and goals.

All it takes is to allow yourself to practice a little bit every day. If you set aside time every day to practice your skills, whether that is reading, writing, listening, or speaking, you'll see how fast you can improve.

Learning a language is about persistence because it won't happen overnight, dedication because you won't learn by inertia, effort because it won't be easy, patience because you'll face many challenges, and putting in hours of hard work.

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Pronunciation is one of the key elements of learning any language, whether that is French, Spanish, Italian, German, or any other. That is why in this article you'll learn now only about every great French company, but also you'll learn how to properly pronounce each word.

If you believe you have good pronunciation and speaking skills you can always go check out our article on the 10 most famous French proverbs and their meanings.

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10 Famous French global brands

Below is a list of the top 10 most valuable French brands in 2019.

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  1. Louis Vuitton - this is a luxury fashion brand known for its marron bags printed with its LV initials.
  2. Chanel - is a French luxury fashion brand that was founded by Coco Chanel in 1910.
  3. Hermès - is a French luxury design house and brand established in 1837. It specializes in leather goods, lifestyle accessories, home furnishings, perfumery, jewelry, and watches.
  4. L’Oréal Paris - is a French personal care brand with a registered office in Paris. It is the world's largest cosmetics company and offers products focused on hair color, skincare, sun protection, make-up, perfume, and hair care.
  5. Orange - is a French multinational telecommunications corporation and it has 266 million customers worldwide.
  6. Lancôme - is a French luxury perfumes and cosmetics brand that distributes luxury products in skincare, fragrances, and makeup at higher-end prices. Lancôme is part of the L'Oréal Luxury Products division.
  7. Cartier - is a French luxury goods conglomerate that designs, manufactures, distributes, and sells jewelry and watches it was founded by Louis-François Cartier in Paris in 1847.
  8. SFR - is a French mobile communications company and as of December 2015, it has 21.9 million customers in Metropolitan France for mobile service.
  9. Garnier - is a mass-market cosmetics brand of the French cosmetics company L'Oréal. It produces hair care and skin care products.
  10. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton - commonly known as LVMH, is a French-holding multinational corporation and conglomerate specializing in luxury goods from fashion to champagne with headquarters in Paris.

Continue learning more about the French language in our introduction to the French language and the arts.

How to correctly pronounce these brands

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In 2018 the Italian fashion icon and designer, Donatella Versace answered Vogue's 73 questions and one of them was "Which Italian word do you wish English speakers would stop saying wrong?" to which she answered, "Versa(chi), it is Versace".

This sparked a conversation across global brands and many jumped to the bandwagon mentioning how people are constantly mispronouncing the names of brands or changing letters and accents.

For instance, there are words like Moet (champagne company) that have two dots on top of the "e" in the French language, and that implies a whole different sound that English speakers don't pay attention to.

Another example is Cartier, English speakers tend to ignore the fact that sometimes in French, the last letter of a word is silent. People pronounce Cartier by saying every "r", however, the correct way of saying this word is my not pronouncing the last "r", which sounds like "Cartie".

Louis Vuitton is usually a brand that people across the world tend to say wrong because they say every letter in the word but forget that in French not all words or not every syllable makes sounds.

The names of companies and brands can sound weird but it is important that they are pronounced correctly and that we, as learners, work on our pronunciation as a form of respect for the language and the meaning of the word.

Learning the correct pronunciation and sounds of names is important because sometimes saying a word incorrectly can change the meaning of the word based on context.

If you want to improve your speaking skills and wish to learn how some words are pronounced, you can start listening to French music and learn about famous French singers and musicians. This way you can hear some music and practice the sound of each word.

Why it is important to pronounce words correctly

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Learning to pronounce things correctly is an important part of learning a language because pronunciation is the vehicle to make yourself understood by others.

Paying attention to a silent syllable or the sound of a vowel can make a huge difference in any language. This is why you need to learn to hear the differences between words that sound the same or have similar phonetics.

Developing good hearing skills is important when trying to learn a language because it will help you understand conversations and you'll be able to communicate yourself much faster.

Speaking and pronunciation are key elements within language studies because some languages (like French) sound completely different than what they look like on paper. This means that the sound of words does not correlate with how they look on paper.

If you are not paying attention to phonetics and working hard on dominating accents and pronunciation, then it will take you a long time to dominate French.

French pronunciation

There are plenty of differences in the accent and the way words are pronounced between French and English. This is why you should know what are the differences between learning French and English so that you are prepared for the challenges you will face once you start a class or go live abroad in France.

French phonology has multiple peculiarities that differentiate this language from many others. French is known for accentuating its vowels and creating a uvular sound with the letter "r".

Standard French contrasts up to 12 oral vowels and up to 4 nasal vowels. This means that, compared to English where letters usually have one sound, learners need to understand that in French there might be more than one sound per letter.

When learning French vowels it would be a good idea to write down the vowel and right next to it take note of all the different sounds that correspond to each letter.

In French, three phenomena affect the sound of the final letter in the word. The first one is that the word-final consonants are not pronounced unless it is followed by a word beginning with a vowel. This rule, and many others, have different phonetic origins that make the language unique and complicated in its way.

Keep in mind that if you choose to learn something new you need to find a way to overcome the challenges presented to you during your learning process. Or else you'll never accomplish your goals or objectives and you'll continue disappointing yourself.

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