If you are reading this, chances are you have an interest in the French language. Maybe you are considering learning it, or already are. You might even be a Francophile, someone who loves French language and culture. To see if you are, go take Laura Lawless’s quiz over at About.com
French is a language spoken by a lot of gens around le monde. Is it hard to learn? Well, the 128 million who speak it will tell you it’s not. The reality is that it is not the easiest language around, with a somewhat rigid grammar code, awkward sounds and gendered nouns.
However, you may already know more French than you think. Indeed, the English language is peppered with French words, some obvious (Suave, Résumé, Coup d’état, déjà vu…), others less (Battalion, troop, legume, Antelope…). Moreover, French and English share a good deal of words of various origins. These are called “cognates”.
See for yourself what you understand from this dialogue made out of cognates:
So, what did you make of it? I would love to read your take on it.
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