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Dear Language Students…

Dear Language Students…

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We know when you use online translators!

Fun fact: I was looking over a dissertation from one of the students I was tutoring who was in 3rd year high school French. It was a topic I didn’t know about, so I did my own research before diving into her essay. I read her essay, and it’s gibberish, some word-for-word translations, all from the English Wikipedia article I had just read. She copy/pasted the entire article into Google translate and tried to hand it in. I had her redo the entire thing.

Moral of the story: Your language teachers know.

À bientôt!

Courtney

Parlez-vous Franglais?

I came across this funny article written in Franglais! In case you don’t know what Franglais is, it’s a mesh of both French and Anglais (English). If you have a grasp of even basic French, this article will be an easy read. 🙂

Je ne peux plus spell words anymore, knowing deux langues has really messed up my spell checking abilities. Est-ce-qu’on dit “centre” or “center”, I never know anymore. — I relate so well to this statement! Anyone else have this problem as well?

Happy reading!

Courtney

Politeness

Hello readers!

I came across this article, which is rather surprising. It’s a couple of years old, but still quite relevant. A restaurant in Nice is charging customers a different price for the same item based on how polite it is asked for. I’ve actually never seen this in person, yet I was told that there was another restaurant in Paris that were doing the same thing.

If you ask for “Un café.” you will be charged 7€, which is insane!

If you ask for “Un café. s’il vous plaît.” you will be charged 4,25€. Still crazy since “please” was said.

BUT, if you say, “Bonjour, un café, s’il vous plaît.” you will only be charged 1,40€!

I am not saying this is true for every restaurant you go to in France, not at all, but the point I am trying to make with this article is that you should mind your manners no matter where you are.

I’m interested in hearing everyone’s thoughts on this.

See you Thursday!

Courtney

History of the French Language

Hello readers!

I came across this dissertation about the history of the French language. It’s a bit long, but it’s a good read if you’re into history.

Did you know that when the Gauls began writing their Gaulish language that they used the Greek alphabet? And that Old French was phonetic?

 

 

Enjoy, and I will see you next week!

Courtney

Hello Again

Hello again, my faithful followers! I sincerely apologise for my nearly 6 month long hiatus. So much has been happening in my personal life, and my poor blog has had to take a back seat. But anyway, I have new ideas for this blog, and I’m coming back with a comic relief sort of peace offering. 🙂

The number 1 reason why I want to only teach children or adults – they want to learn! This is my new favourite video. 🙂