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August 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Used with permission under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0). Author: Bob Hall

Used with permission under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0). Author: Bob Hall

French is a Romance language spoken all across the world. The French language obviously has its roots in Europe, but there also exists multiple dialects in Asia, Africa, Australia, the United States and Canada. Each of these dialects possesses a unique set of vocabulary and phonology, which reflect the rich culture present in each region.

We can see this is in right here in Québec, Canada! Every year Québec hosts le Carnaval d’hiver, a Quebec Winter Festival celebrated in February. Races, banquets, winter sports, ice palaces and ice sculpture competitions are just some of the activities people can enjoy. Children can also visit le bonhomme, the cheerful mascot of the carnival. But, a sure favorite is the cabane à sucre. Hot maple syrup is poured onto ice and snow until it cools, then it is rolled onto a stick and eaten.

There exists numerous English words that derived from French roots. À la carte, à la mode, bon appétit, au contraire, faux pas are just a few obvious expressions borrowed from French.  Although the alphabet is very similar in both languages, key differences such as pronunciation, spelling, gender agreement and verb conjugation make French fun and interesting to learn!

If you would like to learn French, we would love for you to join us every Saturday morning at SVCC! We hope to see you there!

À plus!