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Answered on 10/04/2020 Language/Foreign Language/French Language

Nev L.

The Quebec government has always tried to protect its language and safeguard it from the rising impact and usage of the English language. The government has managed to formulate and implement various language policies, The Quebecois de la Langue Francaise (Quebec Board of the French language) to protect... read more

The Quebec government has always tried to protect its language and safeguard it from the rising impact and usage of the English language. The government has managed to formulate and implement various language policies, The Quebecois de la Langue Francaise (Quebec Board of the French language) to protect the language, managed to pick a fight with one of the famous restaurants with rich celebrity clientele. 

 

After an anonymous complaint, a restaurant named Buonanotte received a letter from the board stating that the establishment had broken the law by including words like Pasta and bottigla, i.e., bottle in Italian and not Bouteille, i.e., bottle in French. 

 

Owner of the restaurant, Massimo Lecas took to social media by posting the issued letter online, opening a forum for debate if the accusations on him were justified. His post managed to create a stir and forced the Quebec government to reign its inspectors to make exceptions with the rules and review on how it handles public complaints. 

 

The post also gave a platform to various other restaurant owners to come forward and talk about their encounter with the government. The government has, however, proposed new laws to establish French as the principal language. Mandating the use of French in the workplace, denying official bilingual status to the municipal corporations and small-scale businesses and restricting English post-secondary college level.

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Answered on 24/04/2020 Language/Foreign Language/French Language

Nev L.

First of all, there is no such concept as ‘better’ in languages. Choosing a language to learn or learning a foreign language depends entirely on you, on your personal interest and other appeal factors. Both Spanish and French are amongst the most spoken languages in the world. Learning any... read more

First of all, there is no such concept as ‘better’ in languages. Choosing a language to learn or learning a foreign language depends entirely on you, on your personal interest and other appeal factors. Both Spanish and French are amongst the most spoken languages in the world. Learning any of these languages can be an asset; it will help you grow both personally and professionally. 

 

If you talk in terms of popularity and number of speakers of these languages, then there are about  500 million Spanish speakers and 200 million French speakers worldwide. Spanish is widely spoken in the USA, Mexico, South America, Central America, North and Equatorial Africa, Caribbean, European Union. You’ll also find Spanish speaking minorities in Asia and Oceania. 

 

On the other hand, French is spoken in France, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium and  French Africa. You’ll also find some French-speaking minorities in Asia and Oceania.

 

If you talk about the difficulty level in learning them, then it is said that Spanish is a lot easier to learn as compared to French, while others disagree with the claim. The truth is, learning a language from scratch is always difficult as it demands dedication, regular practice, and most importantly, it consumes a lot of time. So, the answer to this question may vary from person to person. Moreover, this topic has always been a debatable one.

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Answered on 10/04/2020 Language/Foreign Language/French Language

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Canadian French also known as the Quebec French, is spoken widely in Canada. Around the 16th century, the French had migrated to Canada, but around the 18th century, the British took over, but the French kept the language alive by retaining the old characteristics of the language. Making it old school... read more

Canadian French also known as the Quebec French, is spoken widely in Canada. Around the 16th century, the French had migrated to Canada, but around the 18th century, the British took over, but the French kept the language alive by retaining the old characteristics of the language. Making it old school French.

 

Quebec French can sound old, but it uses more Anglicism’s (words taken from British English) than French. The words are adopted with very less or no alteration by giving it a French spelling or suffix, with idioms being directly translated. This can be a result of the Britishers taking over Canada around the 18th century. 

 

Grammatically, there are quite a few differences, Quebec French addresses people informally using an informal pronoun, while French uses a formal pronoun. There is a difference between the object pronoun and subject pronoun too.

 

The way Quebec French and French pronounce words have some notable differences, especially in terms of vowels and pronouncing alphabets like D and T. There is also a vast difference in accent, pitch and intonation. 

 

There is a difference in terminology and language relations. In Quebec French, traditional French words have a different meaning from that in France irrespective of Quebec’s legal system is based on French civil law. Quebec French is quite strict about using English words for business purpose, but it is allowed while the French do not let so. The French use the Toubon Law, which mandates the use of French in the business context.

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Answered on 24/04/2020 Language/Foreign Language/French Language

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Quebec is a predominantly French-speaking Canadian province. Your question is quite a confusion as to how someone will study English as the best French language! These are two different languages. Yes, Quebec French uses more Anglicism’s (words taken from British English). This can be a result... read more

Quebec is a predominantly French-speaking Canadian province. Your question is quite a confusion as to how someone will study English as the best French language! These are two different languages. Yes, Quebec French uses more Anglicism’s (words taken from British English). This can be a result of the Britishers taking over Canada around the 18th Century. 

 

The government of Quebec has promulgated laws that protect the French language and its usage. The sole official language of Quebec is French, as per the official Language Act of 1974. Thus, it is always better to learn French if you’re planning to migrate to this province. In fact, you’ll get additional points for speaking or knowing the French language when it comes to Canada PR.  

 

According to the 2011 census, 95% of the population of Quebec can speak French. English is not the most common language in Quebec, but, it is not illegal to speak English in this province. If you’re afraid of not knowing this language, then don’t be! There is a vast Anglo community in Montreal city in Quebec. Not just that, as per the 2011 Canadian census, the English language is a mother tongue for 7.7% of the Quebec population. 

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Answered on 24/04/2020 Language/Foreign Language/French Language

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French is a language that has always played a significant role in the composition of other languages. According to a study, almost half of the English words are derived from the French language. We use many English words in our daily lives such as abandon, adventure, advantage etc. which have been originated... read more

French is a language that has always played a significant role in the composition of other languages. According to a study, almost half of the English words are derived from the French language. We use many English words in our daily lives such as abandon, adventure, advantage etc. which have been originated from the French Language.

The French language was considered as the language for the royalty. It happened because there was an invasion of the Normans in England from France. Gradually, they started ruling the country.

Still, the majority of the folks spoke English. So, to make it understandable for everyone, the law system started mixing the French words with English words. That’s the reason why we often find that the legal English language contains the combination of English and French words, like “rules and regulations.”

Also, to make up for the differences in the class of the people, food items were given two different names. E.g., The English-speaking farmer raised pigs, which were then served at dinner to the French-speaking lord as pork.

The Normans were in charge for about three centuries. So, this period is long enough for the two languages to be in contact like this, hence, borrowing a lot of words.

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Answered on 24/04/2020 Language/Foreign Language/French Language

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France is a country that has a rich history of culture, arts, and literature. The French way of living, the marvellous cities, and their etiquettes are famous around the world. In recent years, French companies have started expanding their horizons, and have started setting up their business in different... read more

France is a country that has a rich history of culture, arts, and literature. The French way of living, the marvellous cities, and their etiquettes are famous around the world. In recent years, French companies have started expanding their horizons, and have started setting up their business in different countries. As a result of which, the number of people willing to learn French has increased.

Studying in France means gaining access to high-quality education programmes designed for a wide range of students. France is a country that ensures a high-quality education at affordable prices. The reason behind this is the government of France that heavily subsidizes higher education.

Find out the price for various courses:

  • €243 per year at the master level
  • €170 at the licence (bachelor) level annually
  • €380 a year at the doctoral level
  • €601 in a year in a school of engineering**

There are also the other tertiary institutions, the “Grandes Ecoles”, who charge a higher amount, such as:

  • HEC MBA program is over 16 months and significantly cheaper at about 60k euro, but you will have the additional living expenses of 6 months, compared to INSEAD’s or IMD’s shorter program.
  • ESSEC is over 12–15 months and tuition is 45k euro.
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Answered on 08/04/2020 Language/Foreign Language/French Language

Nev L.

France is one of the most influential first world countries with rich culture and heritage. The country has always strived to stay ahead of other countries, in all the aspects, be it culturally, politically and economically. Moreover, France is known as the most romantic place on earth and French as... read more

France is one of the most influential first world countries with rich culture and heritage. The country has always strived to stay ahead of other countries, in all the aspects, be it culturally, politically and economically. Moreover, France is known as the most romantic place on earth and French as the language of love. The French are proud of their culture, heritage and language. 

 

Coming back to your question, here are some of the efforts made by the government of France to keep French as the world language.

1. Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF): This international organisation represents countries and regions where French is the official language or a customary language.

 

2. Educational opportunities: France has always taken priority in the educational sector by establishing and maintaining high-quality standards of education for bilingual schools within and outside the country. It is providing scholarships and educational facilities to brilliant young foreign minds to take the opportunity to get access to quality education. 

 

3. Establishing French educational aids to third world countries such as Africa and Haiti, facilitating education and promoting the French language.

 

4. Tourism: This country always encouraged tourism and opened its doors to tourists who are willing to explore and learn more about France. As people in France speak in French, tourists are expected to communicate in at least basic French.

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Answered on 08/04/2020 Language/Foreign Language/French Language

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The German army invaded France in May 1940, after about a month the French surrendered and signed an armistice with the Nazis. Which lead to France being divided into two parts - Northern France, occupied and controlled by the Germans and the unoccupied Southern zone in the town of Vichy which came to... read more

The German army invaded France in May 1940, after about a month the French surrendered and signed an armistice with the Nazis. Which lead to France being divided into two parts - Northern France, occupied and controlled by the Germans and the unoccupied Southern zone in the town of Vichy which came to be known as the Vichy France. 

 

Vichy government was thought to be independent but, in reality, it was pressurised continuously by Nazi France to implement Nazi policies and regime. Initially, the Vichy government only targeted non-French Jews, that has sought refuge in France after the Germans were prosecuting Jews in Germany. 

 

In 1942, the Vichy regime fully collaborated with the Nazis and targeted all Jews irrespective of their citizenships. The summer of 1942 saw Nazis arresting Jews and restricting their movements and dismissing from their jobs by the French police. This happened under the rule of Pierre Laval, who joined the Vichy government as the Prime Minister, who pushed the Vichy regime to cooperate with the Nazi government and deport the Jews fully. 

 

Approximately, 80,000 Jews were deported from France, of which 70,000 were sent to Auschwitz, and the rest were sent to Majdanek, Sobibor and Buchenwald.

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Answered on 24/04/2020 Language/Foreign Language/French Language

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Just like any other languages in the world, there are several famous French sayings. If you’re trying to learn them to improve your foreign language vocabulary, then here are some of the famous French sayings for you. 1. Ce n’est pas la mer à boire. It means it’s not that... read more

Just like any other languages in the world, there are several famous French sayings. If you’re trying to learn them to improve your foreign language vocabulary, then here are some of the famous French sayings for you.

1. Ce n’est pas la mer à boire. 

    It means it’s not that hard, it’s not the end of the world.

 

2. Mieux vaut prévenir que guérir

    It means it is better to prevent than to heal.

 

3. Apres la pluie le beau temps

    It means every cloud has a silver lining.

 

4. Il n’y a que les imbéciles qui ne changent pas d’avis.

    It means fools never change their minds.

 

5. Il n’y a pas de fumée sans feu

    It means there's no smoke without fire.

 

6. L’habit ne fait pas le moine.

    It means you can’t judge a book by its cover.

 

7. Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup

    It means live life to the fullest.

 

8. Les murs ont des oreilles

    The literal meaning is ‘The walls have ears’.

 

9. Mieux vaut être seul que mal accompagné.

    It means better to be alone than accompanied badly.

 

10. Il faut tourner sept fois sa langue dans sa bouche avant de parler.

     It means think before you speak.

 

11. Qui vivra verra.

      It means time will tell.


Hope this helps. All the best!

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Answered on 24/04/2020 Language/Foreign Language/French Language

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It is quite a debatable one to answer. Some say that it is definitely possible because the French language has a German substrate, while others disagree with the claim saying it is less accurate. According to them, the emphasis on personal pronouns stronger in French due to the morphological changes... read more

It is quite a debatable one to answer. Some say that it is definitely possible because the French language has a German substrate, while others disagree with the claim saying it is less accurate. According to them, the emphasis on personal pronouns stronger in French due to the morphological changes that prompt towards losing of phonemic distinctions in French. 

 

Since we’re talking about French and other romantic languages, here are a few facts to explore.

A. There are different romance languages in the world – Portuguese, French, Spanish, Italian and Romanian are considered amongst the most popular languages in this family. 

 

B. There are about 450 million Spanish speakers, roughly 220 million Portuguese speakers, approximately 63 million Italian speakers, about 276 million French speakers and 34 million people speak Romanian. 

 

C. This romance language family is considered as one of the biggest language families in the world.

 

D. It is believed that this language family, as a whole, are descendants of Vulgar Latin; languages which are spoken by the people in the Roman Empire. 

 

E. Believed to be originated in Latin roots, these languages have a high degree of lexical similarity. For example, Sardinian, as a romance language has 80% similarity with French, 85% with Italian, 76% with Spanish and so on. 

 

Hope this answer help!

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