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Learn French for Informal and Colloquial usage

Language usage is a common and by all means fascinating form of human interaction, where the highly expressive French language reigns supreme. A French course would introduce you to the different registers within the French language, in both written and spoken forms. There is a certain appropriateness attached to these levels, related to given situations. Formal language (langage formel) uses correct grammar and a somewhat elevated level of vocabulary and when you learn French, you will be introduced to the use of vous (you, known as vouvoyer), for addressing someone in a respectful manner. Apart from this specific use, the word vous is used for plural usage, when addressing more than one person or many people at the same time. Then there is the normal register (normel) which is neither formal nor informal and is in very common use by everyone for various purposes.

Learn French for informal usage

As we all know, French is spoken in such a way that a person who is just starting to learn French or attending the first day of a French course, could hardly be expected to follow a French conversation between two mother tongue speakers at breakneck speed, right?  Exactly! The main difficulty being, the virtual rolling of one word into another. Before, you were compelled to use ne ,,,, pas to make a statement negative, whereas now your French lesson advises you to drop the ne. So before you would say je ne suis pas français(e) (I am not French) whereas in informal French you would say je suis pas français(e). Nor would you be saying the je suis so clearly and properly, you’d roll it and make it sound like one word. In familiar language, which is largely used for friends and family, you would use tu (known as tutoyer) when addressing someone as you. Informal language therefore is considerably more relaxed and suits the closeness one shares with friends and family.

Learn Informal French questions

You can learn this simple way of asking questions at your French course. This informal language will make it a breeze: All you need to do is make a simple sentence or statement and raise the sound at the end to turn it into a question. Tu vas (you are going) becomes (are you going?) when you raise the end sound, tu vas?  Another example is tu as des cousins (you have cousins), which becomes a question, (do you have cousins?) when you raise the final sound, tu as des cousins? This is something simple to encourage you to learn French or to take a French course.

Some Colloquial French 

The term colloquial falls under the umbrella of informal language. These words are sometimes used interchangeably, though colloquial language also has a more specific connection to language spoken by certain groups of people. This could have a particular geographical reference or it could refer to a certain social level or even to a specific occupation, for instance. So by all means, this is familiar language and can often be seen as having a vocabulary of its own. To end this blog, here are some colloquial French words and expressions, so I hope you are ready to learn French right here: avoir du cran (to have guts); être dessalé (to be street wise); c’est dire! (that shows you!); le papa gâteau (father who indulges his child) et un doigt de vin (a drop of wine). Now for some colloquial words: godiche (dumb); un bêcheur (m) / une bêcheuse (f) (stuck-up person); fadasse (drab), glander (to loaf around) et un mec (a guy).  

If this has in any way enticed you to learn French or join a French course, you could practise saying, je n’en décolle pas which is a familiar way of saying, I’m hooked!

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