Well hey! Fancy meeting you here 😀 *wait, you’re the one who dropped by MY blog whoops* I decided to fINALLY start learning French in 2020. Why do I use the word ‘finally’? Well, I’ve been wanting to learn this language since I was probably twelve years old. *strained smile* I ended up opting for learning Spanish in 9th grade instead of my beloved French because it was more practical because of where I live. I don’t regret that decision, but I also can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get back around to français. haha
I’m using the really cool app Memrise (which I should review in-depth soon) and going through their French 1 course (which is free, unless you wanna pay lol). You can check out all of their French courses on their website here!
In this post, I’ve decided to do a little recap of what I’ve learned along the way so far. I’m excited to keep going and I plan to go through all seven levels because that would be epic! I’d be really proud of myself for making it that far 😀
(speaking of finishing what you start, it’d be really cool if I also finished the final level of Spanish 7 because I can’t actually say I completed their courses until I do that whoops)
Anyway! On to the post 😉
10 things I’ve learned about the French language so far
1. There are a lot of letters you don’t pronounce. Speaking French is like playing hopscotch; there are a lot of squares and numbers, but you only count the ones the rock touches. Makes sense, huh?
2. It’s a lot of fun to speak. Eh, that’s a matter of opinion. But that’s okay – this is just a fun review post and you can take from it what you will. 😀
3. They really like apostrophes. Who, you may ask? The little French language people. Their berets are really cute.
4. The grammar is very different from English. Oof, that’s true of any language I’ve studied at all. I realize it’s English’s fault, not the other world languages. It stinks being a native speaker of a crazy language melting pot. Because English doesn’t make sense grammatically, it’s uber challenging to understand any other language. It’s really tempting to remain monolingual but whatever haha
5. Verbally practicing what I’m learning makes me sound more feminine. My natural (or… normal?) speaking voice is on the deeper side for females, because my vocal range is not that high pitched. However, when I learn different female voice impressions OR practice speaking a new language, they almost always help me to sound, like I said lol, more feminine. The fact that I can sound more ladylike when I’m in character has me wondering, I can obviously sound girly when I want to, so why doesn’t my normal voice sound like that lol
6. The masculine/feminine words are distinguished only by a matter of spelling. Well, this is what I’ve noticed so far. So, you like spell it differently instead of actually saying it differently, which is the case in Spanish, which I found odd.
7. There are various hidden letters in certain words and phrases. Yeah, you know how my first point talked about skipping over letters being pronounced? There are also instances where the native pronunciation includes pronouncing letters that are invisible. *nods slowly* French is the real Houdini.
8. Because I’ve spent time studying languages that have similar linguistic roots, memorization is easier. Now I’m not saying French is Spanish or anything, but I also am. *grins* Nah I’m just kidding. I do appreciate the similarities, because that means that words I’ve memorized in Spanish are similar in French. It’s helpful.
9. How you say ‘me too’ struck me as looking like the person’s saying ‘I’m Australian.’ It’s spelled moi aussi. How many Australians know French? tehe
10. The word for ‘genius’ is spelled like the English word ‘genie.’ Maybe you can get more than three wishes in French. 😉
Thanks for reading! How about you? Are you learning/have you learned French? If you have any funny or interesting stories to tell, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!