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Old 01-26-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Irving, Texas
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What exactly is the difference between the dialects? Is there major difference or is it just an accent like a Texan talking to a New Yorker? Or is it like British English vs. American English? I'm just curious. I REALLY want to learn French and once I do learn, France and Canada would be first on my list to visit and I'm just curious as to the differences...
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:46 PM
 
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What exactly is the difference between the dialects? Is there major difference or is it just an accent like a Texan talking to a New Yorker? Or is it like British English vs. American English? I'm just curious. I REALLY want to learn French and once I do learn, France and Canada would be first on my list to visit and I'm just curious as to the differences...
It is very different.

I have some examples.

To say, "it is cold" in France French, it is "Il fait froid". In Quebec French, it is "Cette frette". To say "potato" in France French, it's "la pomme de terre". In Quebec it's "la patate".

French spoken in Quebec has roots in Classical French. French in France has changed since then.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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What exactly is the difference between the dialects? Is there major difference or is it just an accent like a Texan talking to a New Yorker? Or is it like British English vs. American English? I'm just curious. I REALLY want to learn French and once I do learn, France and Canada would be first on my list to visit and I'm just curious as to the differences...
Fairly different. As a fluent (not bi-lingual) French speaker, I find Québécois generally quite hard to follow.
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:52 PM
 
Location: The Mitten.
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Quebecois is very close to the way French was spoken in 16th Century France.
Also, here's a fun tidbit....what some people would consider "swear words" are rooted in the Church in Quebecois French. Hence, said in times of duress: "Tabarnac!" (tabernacle) "Chrisse!" (Christ) "hostie!" (host), etc.
I find that pretty hilarious.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:16 PM
 
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According to my pen pal, Quebecois French has evolved so much (with added slang, lingo, different vocabulary etc) that it's practically its own language.

She didn't think highly of Quebecois French though.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I'll pin up this question to this thread; are there any Canadians who can speak only French (not English at all or very poorly) ???
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:47 PM
 
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I'll pin up this question to this thread; are there any Canadians who can speak only French (not English at all or very poorly) ???

Thousands of them.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:31 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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According to my pen pal, Quebecois French has evolved so much (with added slang, lingo, different vocabulary etc) that it's practically its own language.

She didn't think highly of Quebecois French though.
My son (who lives in Paris) said that sometimes the French make fun of Quebecois French, and if they hear it, they either pretend to not understand it, or really do not comprehend. If they happen to be English speakers, they offer to speak English instead.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:51 AM
 
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I have noticed that. Some France-French speakers seem fairly down on other forms of French, but particularly Quebecois. I think I had one who indicated Haitian or Cajun French was "closer" in her opinion, but I'm not sure I believed that.
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Old 01-27-2011, 08:38 AM
 
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I have noticed that. Some France-French speakers seem fairly down on other forms of French, but particularly Quebecois. I think I had one who indicated Haitian or Cajun French was "closer" in her opinion, but I'm not sure I believed that.
I learned French in Geneva and have a strange mix of the Geneva accent and my British/American one when I speak French. Its always easy to get a laugh out of the French French by laying on the Swiss accent a bit thick. The comedian Coluche once said that a poor person in Switzerland is one who has to wash his own Mercedes so I quite often ask my French friends if they are still washing their own cars .... in that Swiss accent of course.
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