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10 things I've learned about the French language so far

Well hey! Fancy meeting you here ๐Ÿ˜€ *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 franรงais. 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

(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 ๐Ÿ˜‰


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. ๐Ÿ˜€

3. They really like apostrophes. Who, you may ask? The little French language people. Their berets are really cute.

I wish to know who’s responsible for this Frenchshroom.

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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!

45 replies on “10 things I've learned about the French language so far”

This was really interesting to read! I’ve been taking French in school, and this is my second year. French is really fun, and I already seem to know so much after only a year and a half. I agree with all your points. I seriously still get la and le mixed up. XD

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Thanks Ara! Thatโ€™s cool! ๐Ÿ˜€ I wonder how much I will have learned in that amount of time if I keep up with the course Iโ€™m taking. Haha! Iโ€™m sure Iโ€™ll be doing that, too ๐Ÿคฃ Masculine and feminine words are such a new concept for me!

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Such a cute post!!! I know that French is a difficult language to learn. I am mean, I speak it frequently and I make so many grammatical mistakes :p Also, I actually learnt Spanish and it is very similar to French!! Good luck with your lessons xx

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Thanks Joy! Haha, it is definitely challenging. Iโ€™m loving learning it so far! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’œ Sounds like thatโ€™s something you could work on in 2020 lol! โœŒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thatโ€™s cool! I appreciate the similarities – it helps with retention. Thank you!

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I studied French for a year. But I need a year of a foreign language in college, and they didn’t have French as an option so I stopped. I kind of regret that. :/
Buttt, I did find out some great things! I think it’s so cool that you are studying it. One of my favorite things about French is how feminine it made me sound. And Mom said my accent came naturally, and my teacher agreed, (I don’t know how, I guess practice–and luck!!) and I loved my voice. One of my favorite phrases was “I am Ariana Evans.” ๐Ÿ˜› I’m rambing now, anyway, loved this post!

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Thatโ€™s cool! And oh, thatโ€™s weird. Youโ€™ll probably pick it back up again someday ๐Ÿ™‚
Itโ€™s such a fun language! Iโ€™m really enjoying this experience ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’• haha saaaaame! I sound like such a lady when I speak French ๐Ÿคฃ Haha thatโ€™s fun!
Thanks Ariana!

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Thatโ€™s awesome! Iโ€™d love to be able to do that someday, as well ๐Ÿ˜Š Italianโ€™s probably next on my list because Italyโ€™s gorgeous and their food is amazing ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น

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I studied (Quebec) French throughout high school but unfortunately lost the tongue after graduation since I didn’t have to practice it anymore. It’s been easier for me to read than to write/speak without any practices. That being said, French is such a beautiful and wonderful language but definitely can be difficult to learn. I was never a fan of the grammar and differentiating between masculine and feminine.

Have fun and best of luck with French! My cousin is from Venezuela and took French for uni and said it has similar roots that made it a bit easier for her to learn.

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Thatโ€™s cool! Yeah, itโ€™s easy to get away from practicing a language. Agreed! ๐Ÿ™‚ Itโ€™s beautiful albeit difficult.
Thank you Claire! Yes! The similarities are much appreciated – it makes retention easier. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Thanks! Learning French has been a blast so far ๐Ÿ˜€ I may change my mind when I need to start memorizing difficult grammar and longer sentences, but weโ€™ll see ๐Ÿ˜‚

Haha Iโ€™m taking a break right now! I found out real fast a few years ago that trying to learn two languages at once, even if theyโ€™re very different, is not smart. Everything starts getting mixed up ๐Ÿ˜‚

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You are really enjoying your French lessons. I took French while in high school. It was somewhat difficult for me. I enjoyed learning but it was frustrating in many days. The language itself sounds so beautifully on the tongue. Spanish is cool but French is on another level. I would love to learn both languages. Itโ€™s never too late. Thank you for sharing what youโ€™re learning so far. Keep on learning ๐Ÿค—

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That is so great that you are learning French, Maggie!! Learning a language can be fun and challenging, I am still keeping up with my Spanish at school! ๐Ÿ™‚
Loved this post!! AND THAT FRENCH MUSHROOM!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Thanks Kaelyn! I’m enjoying it so much!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Agreed! That’s awesome. How’s it going for you? I know the more you learn in a language, the more challenging it gets because they move away from the basics and to more intermediate / difficult phrases lol!
Haha I love the French mushroom!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Thatโ€™s good! And yeah, learning a new language usually is ๐Ÿ™‚ I do appreciate that with Spanish and French so far, the grammar is easy to understand once you get used to it! English is crazy regardless of how much you know of it ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Hahaa, I love your humor so much!! Also, that Frenchshroom is. SO. CUTE!! Iโ€™ve studied French in school for several years, and yet I only know the basics. I do like to talk to myself in French every now and then and pretend that I actually know what Iโ€™m saying. Itโ€™s pure entertainment, not gonna lie! ๐Ÿคฃ
(By the way, kind of unrelated, but โ€˜Le temps de lโ€™amourโ€™ by Franรงoise Hardy is a lovely French song!)
Thank you for sharing this post, Maggie! It was a very interesting read! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿงก

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Aww thank you! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’œ Haha agreed! Iโ€™m not sure Iโ€™ll make it past the basics. Weโ€™ll just have to see ๐Ÿ˜‚ haha that sounds fun! Iโ€™ve done that for Spanish and practicing sign language, since I donโ€™t usually have anyone else to practice with. So I just use myself ๐Ÿ˜‚
Ooh Iโ€™ll have to look it up! Thanks for the recommendation!
Youโ€™re welcome! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’œ

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Oohhh, good luck with that! I remembered way back sophomore year in HS, I was addicted to learning French too that I bought books for it and my grandmother bought me an English-French dictionary! Hahaha I stopped learning that year also ๐Ÿคฃ

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I also learned Spanish instead of French, but this post made me laugh, haha! I’ve seen memes on the internet making fun of French, and they’re hilarious!!

(I did a quick google search and it came up with tons! Long link, but enjoy!! https://www.google.com/search?q=french+memes+tumblr&client=firefox-b-1-d&sxsrf=ACYBGNQ6tU1NHpDDDuveCb1uKKqk2rHqxw:1579127306229&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=LsnkbT99HELomM%253A%252CF6hNHGH8hGi-IM%252C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kQgdEojZ6Dd09t1vce5_ypINjW73Q&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwio-pHR04bnAhWvY98KHSnyBLAQ9QEwAXoECAkQBg#imgrc=FIDgr8AlHm8rZM:&vet=1 )

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