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LANGUAGE CULTURES April 8, 2010

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~+.:  THE LANGUAGE CULTURES  :.+~

 

.::  French Language  ::.

 

French culture is profoundly allied with the French language. The artful use of the mother tongue, and its defense against perceived decline or corruption by foreign terms, is a major preoccupation for some people and entities.

 

France counts many regional languages, some of them being very different from standard French such as Breton and Alsatian. Some regional languages are Romance, like French, such as Occitan. Many of those languages have enthusiastic advocates; however, the real importance of local languages remains subject to debate.

 

In April 2001, the Minister of Education, admitted formally that for more than two centuries, the political powers of the French government had repressed regional languages, and announced that bilingual education would, for the first time, be recognized, and bilingual teachers recruited in French public schools.

 

.::  Why learn French?  ::.

 It is widely spoken on five continents and in many countries, by approximately 200 million people, as a native tongue, language of instruction, language of government, lingua franca of business.

 

It is among the principal languages of diplomacy and of important international organizations.

 

It is estimated to be among the three or four most important languages of the internet, because of the number of WWW pages up, vigorous efforts to create viable internet discussion lists, success in connecting francophone countries in the southern hemisphere, and its use in page translator applications

 

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.:  Some important  tips on how to communicate in French  :.

 

VOUS or TU

 

In French, the personal pronoun for “you” has two forms in the singular – the familiar (tu) and the formal (vous). The plural form is always vous.Tu is used for family members, close friends, fellow students or colleagues, children, animals, and God.Vous is used for everyone else. Unless case is clear, it is better to use vous and allow the person to suggest using tu.

 

On

On may replace any pronoun to avoid being too personal in French language.For example, “On est invité à–” is more modest than “Nous sommes invités à–

 

Monsieur

Madame

Mademoiselle

Titles are used widely in French. Monsieur for a man, Madame for a woman or Mademoiselle for a young woman.When greeting people or saying goodbye, the French always add Monsieur, Madame or Mademoiselle. Titles are also used to address people you’re not on first-name terms with.

 

Ça va

Ça va is often used in French conversation as a greeting. It is an informal way of asking how someone is and how things are going.Ça va (without raising voice intonation at the end) can also be used as a reply, meaning “I’m fine.” or “It’s okay.”

 

 

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