French Language and Culture

French is a major language of international organizations such as the United Nations; and of countries in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. It has longstanding literary traditions and extensive musical applications. Typical contributions include questions about the language's geographic range; local dialects; and widespread use in business, dance and music, diplomacy, everyday life, modern writings, and scientific research.

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French Language and Culture

How do french people greet eachother?

French people greet each other much as any other people do. They say "Bonjour, comment ça va?" (Hello, how are you?) or "Salut, ça fait longtemps qu'on s'est vu!" (Hey, it's been awhile since we've seen each other!) or even "Salut, mon pote!" (Hey, buddy!) . There are many ways to greet someone in French.

Many French people also kiss both of the person they're greeting's cheeks. It's considered normal and polite to do, even when they're the same gender.

we also say coucou with people we know well.

And when you see again the same person you can say rebonjour!

For more information see the related link below.

English to French
French Language and Culture

How is the name Cindy translated into French?

It's the same as English.

French Language and Culture
William the Conqueror

Did William the Conqueror speak ancient Scandinavian as he was Norse or some form of french?

William the Conqueror spoke french. He and a lot of people in Normandy weren't vikings, they were only descended from norwegian or danish vikings that settled in what came to be Normandy somewhere between a 100 and 200 years earlier. It was Williams great-great-great-great grandfather Rollo (later baptised Robert) that founded the viking municipality that would later become Normandy. So William was more french than Norse, he just had Norse roots. Historians disagree on whether Rollo came from Norway or Denmark.

#2: The Normans spoke a dialect of French called Norman French. After the Norman conquest the same dialect was used by the ruling classes in England. Three hundred years later it had developed in England until its speakers could not understand 'French of Paris', according to Geoffrey Chaucer. Eventually its use died out in England, but a large part of its vocabulary had by then been absorbed into English. The English language has retained most of its Norman-French vocabulary to the present day, which we use alongside the Anglo-Saxon vocabulary.

As an example, the previous sentence used the word 'retained' from the French side, while it could also have used 'kept' from Anglo Saxon.

French to English
French Language and Culture

What is 'C'est mignon' when translated from French to English?

"c'est mignon" means "that's cute" in French.

Or "It's cute".

French Language and Culture
Grammaire Francaise

Is the word 'fromage' feminine or masculine?

"fromage" is masculine : un fromage, le fromage, du fromage.

French Language and Culture

If french is a romance language what is Japanese?

Japanese is generally regarded as being one of the Japonic languages, of which there are not very many -- just two, in fact: Japanaese and Ryukyuan.

The wider classification of Japonic is the subject of a deal of controversy, If you are interested in pursuing this further, start by taking a look at the Wikipedia article "Classification of Japonic".

French Language and Culture
Grammaire Francaise

What are the three parts of the french verb Avoir?

actually there are 6 parts


tu as

il/elle/on a

nous avons

vous avez

ils/elles ont

French Language and Culture
Grammaire Francaise

What is passe compose for travailler?

j'ai travaillé.

Passé composé is constructed with one of the two auxiliary verbs, avoir or être, at the present tense followed by the verb at the participe passé form (travailler becomes "travaillé"). As a general rule, use avoir as your facilitator verb, and use être only for verbs that directly affect the subject of the sentence.

for example: perdre (to lose)

I lost my book: J'ai perdu mon livre (use avoir because it is the book that was lost)

I lost my way (same meaning as I lost myself): Je me suisperdu (use être because it's the subject of the sentence that got lost)

French Language and Culture

Is chow used as a goodbye in French language?

It can be, depending on the region (and not necessarily only the areas near Italy). It is an Italian word and is spelled "ciao." It is used informally, usually double, so the pronuncian is more like "cha-chaow".

French Language and Culture

How spell superb in french?


Languages and Cultures
French Language and Culture

What languages are spoken in France?

The only official language of France is French. This has been enforced in the Constitution (article 2).

Other languages have been spoken on the French soil. Most of them, due to the language repression policy, are now seriously endangered.

It just depends on regions some regions speak different languages but most regions speak French. Breton, Corsican, Occitan, Catalan, Basque, Alsatian, Flemish, are regional languages in France, but it isn't difficult to find locals who speak English, German, and other languages. Tourism and other commerce has fostered the use of other languages by natives for a long period.

The schools do teach English classes and because of the influx of people from other parts of the world other languages can be heard, but French is the national language. The top three languages of France is 1.French 2.Basque and 3.Catalan

We generally count 10 regional languages: alsatian-lorrain (upper German dialects), arpitan (or francoprovençal), basque, catalan, corsican, flemish (dutch dialect), ligurian (padanian dialect), occitan (or provençal or langue d oc), romani, and yiddish (native in Alsace).

We should add the dialects of French generally grouped as "languages of oïl" (picard, walloon, gallo, poitevin-saintongeais, normand...) and the languages of overseas possessions.

And finally we could add all the languages spoken by foreigners...

Klingon, Urdu, and Esperanto

Well, obviously French. But most Europeans speak about six languages each, normally including English, and their borders. In this case, Italian, Spanish, or German, maybe. Also maybe an Asian language, Portuguese, or maybe a Scandinavian language. They sort of have a choice, but most normally at least speak English. However, if you are going to France, you do not know any French and you are American, I would suggest learning these words in French, 'I'm sorry. I don't know French.' or something like that. You might be wondering, 'Why would I say that?' but it's... polite.

Historically, Basque at the western end of the Pyrenees, Provençal in the South, Breton in Brittany. These are tiny-minority languages nowadays, with Basque the most genuinely living. There is also a Franco-German dialect in Alsace which is considerably different from French.

French is the official language of France, spoken by about 85% of the population. Other major languages of French are English (34%), Spanish (13%), German (8%), and Italian (2%).

1. French

2. Swiss German

3. Italian

(more than 90% of the population speaks French).

1) French.

2) Occitan: a language very similar to French, but not quite the same, spoken in the South. Also called Provençal(though technically speaking Provençal is a dialec ofOccitan nowadays most people in France will use the term Provençal).

3) German: in Alsace, a province bordering with Germany, the speak mostly German.

4) Arabic: there are many immigrants from North-Africa, coming mainly from former French colonies such as Algeria and Marocco

The top 1 language of France is French. After that, only minority languages exist.

The top 4 minority languages are:






French 88%, German 3%, Flemish 0.2%, Italian 0.1%, Catalan 0.4%
In frankreich people speak french
they speak their own native French
The language spoken in France is French.
People who live in France speak French.
In Brittany, in northwestern France, Breton (similar to Welsh) is spoken by many. Some on both sides of the France/Spain border speak Catalonian, also known as Catalán. Near the borders, many are bilingual, knowing both French and the neighboring language--Spanish, Italian, or German.


French Language and Culture
Grammaire Francaise

Is the word 'comedie' in french masculine or feminine?


French Language and Culture

What are 2 countries that border France that speak french?

There are 5 countries that border France that speak French:

  1. Andorra
  2. Belgium
  3. Luxembourg
  4. Monaco
  5. Switzerland

The border of Italy also has French speakers.

English to French
French Language and Culture

How do you say thank you girl in french?


French Language and Culture

Did you have a good day in french?

As-tu passé une bonne journée?

English to French
French Language and Culture

How do you say where did you go in french?

où êtes-vous allé(e)(s)?

French Language and Culture

How do you pronounce the french word Jeune?


*The ZH is not pronounced as the Z in English, closer to (jhuhn).

The closest consonant sound is the ZS of Hungarian actress Zsa Zsa Gabor.

(see related sound link) An other way of explaining it would be: The French 'j' is pronounced like the English one except that there is no 'd' at the beginning of the sound. For instance, a Frenchman who would hear the name 'John', he would phonetically write it down 'Djonne' because the English 'j' sounds like 'dj' to French ears.

Another answer

j the 'j' in jeune is pronounced like the second 'g' in garage, a soft consonant. eu The vowel sound 'eu' in this word is closest to 'oo' in 'book'.

n The 'n' is pronounced just as we would in English, and

e the final 'e' is silent.

French Language and Culture

What does the word French mean?

The adjective French means something or someone from France.

French is also the language of France and in some other countries.

French Language and Culture
Grammaire Francaise

Is the word sauce masculine or feminine?

"la sauce" is a feminine noun.

French Language and Culture

How do French girls act around men?

The way that any girl would! They are exacly the same than any other girl, there is no differance.

English to French
Latin and World Music
French Language and Culture
Christmas Music

Who sings a French song whose refrain includes 'Rat ta tat ta tat'?

A French song whose refrain includes Rat ta tat ta ta!may be Chanson d'amour ("A Love Song") by The Manhattan Transfer or L'enfant au tambour ("The Little Drummer Boy"), as sung by Nana Mouskouri.

French Language and Culture

Flemish and french are the official languages of?

Flemish, French, and German are the official languages of Belgium.

English to French
French Language and Culture

How do you say always take care in french language?

in french alsways take care is 'faites toujours attention'

or - prenez soin de vous

French to English
French Language and Culture

What is 'Babette' when translated from French to English?

"Babette" is a short / nickname for girls named Elisabeth.

French Language and Culture
Foreign Films (non-English)

What are the names of some famous French movies?

Here are just a few:

Cyrano de Bergerac Jules and Jim (Jules et Jim)

The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups)

Jean de Florette

The Dinner Game (Le Dîner de cons)

Amélie (Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain)