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Wed Jul 17, 2019, 12:00 PM

question for rampart

Because you live where you do, you might be able to answer this.

Is spoken Cajun French a lot different from spoken Quebecian French, or only a little bit different?

Is spoken Quebecian French a lot diffrent from spoken French French, or only a little bit different?

Would a Cajun French speaker be able to converse okay with a French French speaker?

Not asking for a friend; asking for myself.

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 02:20 PM

1. Do you mean creole?

The Haitians speak creole and when I throw a French phrase at them they understand me for the most part. I'm told there are some words that have a different inflection and sometimes stress different syllables, but it's basically a red-headed step-child of French.

Or so I'm told.

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 02:41 PM

2. i don't know much about the quebecian, frank,

my experiences in the great north are limited to newfoundland and nova scotia.

Parisian French has itself evolved a little in 300 years since the language was exported to the new world.

my family spoke creole at home until a few generations ago when Raoul (my great grandfather) began calling himself "ralph " and working for the railroad. he made his children speak English, but I learned a little French, and alter boy latin, and can generally get around an airport or restaurant if everyone speaks slowly.

Cajun is a little different and while I am sure that a Cajun speaker and a European Frenchman can communicate there might be a few misunderstandings.

hmmm, I had more language difficulties in Scotland and wales than in france. I was reading the news in Norwegian(but would need a lot of practice to speak it. closer to english than german) "schoolboy" Spanish is notoriously inadequate with our immigrant population.

oflguy might have an opinion on this. why not? he has an opinion on everything else.

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Response to imwithfred (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2019, 06:27 PM

3. My family had a friend who was from Quebec. She said their French, which she referred to as

"Pepsi French", is different from Parisian French, and that the Quebecois tended to look down their noses at those who spoke the Parisian variety.

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