Question: What is the difference between Canadian French and European French?

Canadian French has different vocabulary, idioms, slang, cultural references, and expressions that may be unfamiliar to those who speak European French. However, the largest difference is pronunciation, so much so that Canadian and European French are not always mutually intelligible.

Is Canadian French real French?

1) Canadian French Sounds More Archaic Many French-speaking Canadians kept speaking French, but were somewhat isolated from other French speakers. As a result, the Canadian French of today retains some characteristics from 17th century French that no longer exist in regular French.

Are European and French the same thing?

As you take a broader approach to the French language, there are extreme differences in European French and North American French. The two languages do retain the same grammar rules but have developed a customised language within the population it is serving.

Are Canadian French and France French mutually intelligible?

While Canadian French and Standard French are mutually intelligible, there are some differences between them in terms of pronunciation, words and spelling. A clear example is that their stop signs say ARRÊT, rather than STOP, which is used in France.

Can French speakers understand Canadian French?

Generally speaking, I have found the French can definitely understand the French-Canadian/Quebecois accent. I parallel this question to the US/Canadian English accent vs the British English accent...the French will immediately be able to tell youre from out of town.

Why is Canadian French so weird?

Laurentian French speakers shorten high vowels such as i, u, and ou, affecting the way certain words sound. This breaking up and elongating of vowels is very distinct to the French spoken in Canada. Take these for example: The third major difference lies in the nasal vowels, of which there are four in French.

Is French common in Canada?

Canada has a population of nearly 35 million people. French is the first official language spoken for 22.8% of the population. The majority of Francophones (85.4%) live in Quebec and over 1 million live in other regions of the country. Almost 10.4 million Canadians can carry on a conversation in French.

Is Quebec like France?

Quebec City, despite its proximity to the U.S. and confederation with Anglophone Canada, is in many ways more authentically French than France. This results in enough similarity of one big city to another that some folks dont bother traveling anymore.

Is Quebec French the same as France?

It can be said that Metropolitan (or Standard European) and Québec (or Canadian) French, while both rooted in early modern Classical French, are two completely distinct varieties of French.

What is the original French accent?

History. The origins of Quebec French lie in the 17th- and 18th-century regional varieties (dialects) of early modern French, also known as Classical French, and of other langues doïl (especially Poitevin dialect, Saintongeais dialect and Norman) that French colonists brought to New France.

What makes you a French Canadian?

French Canadians are Canadians whose native language is French. In Quebec French Canadians preserve their own culture locally.

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