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02-24-2015, 04:40 AM - 1 Like   #14911
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QuoteOriginally posted by stillshot2 Quote
Pentax Rulez!
This positivism is totally uncalled for!

Hmpf.

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Pentax Rulez!
If you wanted that to be "proper" French, it would have been better to write "Roulez Pentax" ...

First the verb; see example below.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
If you wanted that to be "proper" French ...
But who would voluntarily speak French?!
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But who would voluntarily speak French?!
About 338 million, apparently

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But who would voluntarily speak French?!
I don't know if it's still true today, but years ago I saw some statistics on language and French was the first language of more countries than was any other language.
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The first time that Flo came to the States to visit (before we got hitched), we drove my '87 Mustang (5.0L) down to Louisiana from OK via a mostly "Mississippi river route". At one point we found ourselves in La Fayette (after New Orleans) in a restaurant and the owner spoke French to Flo ... when he found out that she was French.

I really wish that I had a snap of her face at that moment. Priceless.
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I don't know if it's still true today, but years ago I saw some statistics on language and French was the first language of more countries than was any other language.
As primary language I don't know, but as official language it's second to English according to this list.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
The first time that Flo came to the States to visit (before we got hitched), we drove my '87 Mustang (5.0L) down to Louisiana from OK via a mostly "Mississippi river route". At one point we found ourselves in La Fayette (after New Orleans) in a restaurant and the owner spoke French to Flo ... when he found out that she was French.

I really wish that I had a snap of her face at that moment. Priceless.
She was probably as horrified as the the French are when they hear someone from Montreal speaking French.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
The first time that Flo came to the States to visit (before we got hitched), we drove my '87 Mustang (5.0L) down to Louisiana from OK via a mostly "Mississippi river route". At one point we found ourselves in La Fayette (after New Orleans) in a restaurant and the owner spoke French to Flo ... when he found out that she was French.

I really wish that I had a snap of her face at that moment. Priceless.


Almost the opposite of our first trip to New England. Most people there seemed to think we spoke French when they heard us speak Norwegian. And really, the two sound as close as, say, Chopin and Dimmu Borgir - very easy to confuse them

The exception was one guy who came up to us, speaking flawless Norwegian. He had learnt it from his grandfather as a kid some 50 years earlier. Amazing. We could even tell from his dialect which Norwegian town his grandpa had come from.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
the owner spoke French to Flo ... when he found out that she was French.
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She was probably as horrified as the the French are when they hear someone from Montreal speaking French.
Ha! Ha! Yes, those from France are reportedly not fond of the N. American versions of their language! Horrified, indeed!


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Ha! Ha! Yes, those from France are reportedly not fond of the N. American versions of their language! Horrified, indeed!
Much like the British, then?
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But back on topic...

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Ha! Ha! Yes, those from France are reportedly not fond of the N. American versions of their language! Horrified, indeed!


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Much like the British, then?
So the british don't like the way we speak French, either?
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Ha! Ha! Yes, those from France are reportedly not fond of the N. American versions of their language! Horrified, indeed!


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No comment ... and even I have a pronounced accent.

Remember, I grew up in a red(neck) state ...

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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Ha! Ha! Yes, those from France are reportedly not fond of the N. American versions of their language! Horrified, indeed!


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When I was at high school we had a Canadian boy come as an exchange student. He was allegedly from the French speaking part, and that was consistent with his name. In the first French test he got about 50-60%. That was much lower than many others of us so we all laughed at him.

---------- Post added 02-25-15 at 06:40 AM ----------

Something I find amazing is how easy it is to hear from how someone speaks English which language they spoke first and even where they learnt English. Twice flying on Singapore airlines I have picked a hostess as Taiwanese from how she spoke English. One time it took only three words - choice of words for context and accent. She was stunned when I asked an hour later. Also, it is possible to hear accents in languages that you do not actually speak.
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