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Cajun French

I can bet 90% of you have no idea this exist. I hear my grandparents and great-grandparents speak this. A legit language. Seems interesting. Comment on what you think.

April 24, 2016

74 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iwc2ufan

I'd love for Duolingo to do it as it seems very unsupported and possibly dying out. I would give it a go if they got it.

May 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TreyzMeName

Thanks:)

May 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JadeCrystals

I'm cajun! It would be amazing if duolingo added the language to their courses, because I want to learn it!

October 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TreyzMeName

yes!

October 28, 2016

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Destiny Moses Post this... Hey, I am going to Lousiana soon and was using these Cajun cards to help me learn to speak. I thought these cards were of great use to you too. They are free so why not? https://www.cmarshallturner.com/p/learn-to-speak-like-a-cajun

January 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/claybird121

i have no interest in european french, but TONS of interest in cajun french. I would 100% take the course

June 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TreyzMeName

Yes!

June 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Le_garcon_cadien

I always wanted to learn cajun french since my granma is from lafayette or somethin like that but can't find materials for it

April 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/loganbruch

I would also be interested in learning this through Duolingo!

September 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JJPAUL0

Yim from Louisiana. Tooo !!!!

April 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/prnxcess925

Yes, I would to communicate in that language. My family speaks french, they are from Lafayette, Louisiana, and some of them know how to speak Cajun French.

October 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nash2019

Please get this language on here

March 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/k.springstead

Living in southern Louisiana, this is a language I grew up hearing. I know words and a few phrases, but not enough that I can really converse. It's the first language of my grandparents. My mom, and many of her generation, grew up during a time when the language was basically beaten out of them. The nuns at their schools would hit them when they spoke Cajun French and only allowed English in classes. For this reason, a lot of people my age were discouraged from learning it.

Thankfully there are attempts to get more children speaking it with immersion courses. However, it seems a lot of these are more focused towards actual French.

I found this site - http://www.byki.com/tag/cajun There are courses, but the site is no longer updated and I'm unable to get the sounds to work. This is the website of the woman who maintained the Cajun French part of the site - https://sites.google.com/site/louisianafrench/contact-me

I'm thinking that if maybe a few of us could contact her and ask if she would be interested in being a Duolingo contributor ... or perhaps if she knows others who would? Maybe even some of you reading this have family members who are fluent and would be interested in contributing, too?

This is the link where someone who would contribute would sign up - https://incubator.duolingo.com/apply

If Duolingo doesn't end up offering Cajun French, maybe there are some people who will see this who can work on a standalone app?

June 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Szaty

I know that exists. Why? Because of QuizUp. There was a question regarding a variant of French spoken in Louisiana, and "Cajun" was the correct answer.

April 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TreyzMeName

Noice. :D

April 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WyrdWulf

This is amazing to see! My fiancé is from Breaux Bridge, and Cajun French was his first language. He's happy to see such an interest here, since he's seen many native speakers from his generation discouraged from continuing their use of the language. We both agree that there should be a course on this!

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rfrlasren

yip

October 14, 2016

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I'm part Cajun, too. My grandma could speak Cajun French, and she taught me a few things, but we spoke English for any real conversation. I do know some French otherwise, but it's more like the European kind from both school and Duolingo. I think it'd be cool to have a Cajun course, but sadly I think the dialect is dying out so I doubt if Duolingo will ever make one.

April 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/william803231

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXqZ91VKur0 I wonder if you agree with this about,the 3 different languages in LA.

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/william803231

when they say spanish is it really more cuban?

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TreyzMeName

yup. :)

April 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kelsey750055

I want this so baaaaaad. The culture is dying, and if we don't make it easier to learn about it'll go extinct.

May 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/illumimommy

Oh my goodness, they should absolutely add this! I've been wanting to learn it so badly cause all my family members had Cajun French as their first language except me. It's beautiful but rare to hear, and I want desperately to get more in touch with my culture. <3

May 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CoryCajun88

If duolingo can create a course for Hawaiian then I don't think Cajun French (or Louisiana French) would be too much to ask far. I'm just a proud cajun trying to get my culture back after our language was taken from us. Duolingo please help!

July 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ignatznkrazy

I know it exists because I used to live in CenLa ... like thousands of other people.

Also, WHO DAT.

April 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TreyzMeName

SAINTS 4 LIFE FAM!

April 24, 2016

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    Difference between Cajun and Creole - You may like this article on Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/Menuism/cajun-vs-creole_b_1447822.html

    April 24, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Salomee_e

    Thank you, I was also wondering as I really love creole food.

    April 24, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TreyzMeName

    you know what is up

    May 3, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TreyzMeName

    Thanks.

    April 24, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/schurmdawg

    I am not a speaker of Cajun French, but do know a little about it as I am from Louisiana. The good news is that the language is considered in many ways much simpler than Standard French in regards to verbs. There is also some good published material for CF especially the "Dictionary of Louisiana French". There seems to be at least an academic push is recent years to rename the dialect to the more neutral "Louisiana French" from Cajun as there are other communities that speak the language as well especially the Houma Indians in deep Southern La. If a course were to be developed, I think it could possibly more like an extension of the pre-existing French course, as LF/CF is still French. Things to concentrate on would be more like idiomatic expressions and pronunciation. I think estimated speakers are no greater than 250,000 currently.

    June 19, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Le_garcon_cadien

    Can you link me to some resources

    June 20, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/schurmdawg

    Yes I can try to find some for you.

    June 25, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Le_garcon_cadien

    Thanks and what part of louisiana are you from? I was born in Paulina

    June 25, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jzerangue

    I'm interested in this as well. There are materials available via Amazon for learning, but I like the Duolingo methods better. I'd love for my kids to learn the language of their ancestors even though they don't live there.

    August 11, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/william803231

    is it true that cajun french has more African-native American than Haitian french which has Portuguese and African language in it?

    March 21, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WyrdWulf

    The African influence would be the Creole dialect of Cajun French.

    Cajun French evolved as the Acadians, the original Cajun people, lived in Nova Scotia, then what would become Louisiana. There is a little bit of influence from the Coushatta tribe.

    March 22, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissDee_

    Acadians weren't just from Nova Scotia. They were also deported from New Brunswick, PEI and parts of present day Quebec and even Maine.

    Most Acadians nowadays reside in New Brunswick.

    March 22, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WyrdWulf

    I was speaking about where they went after leaving France. They moved to Nova Scotia, and dispersed from there.

    And there's still a fair number of them across Acadiana, mostly Acadia Parish, in Louisiana.

    March 22, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/juju1

    The other influences were the recent Spanish history of the area, and when the Haitian rebellion took place in the late 1700's a lot of the French plantation owners fled to Louisiana as it was a French speaking area. So, local and imported languages had an effect on the local patios that the Acadians encountered. It is a beautiful soft, flowing speech and lovely to listen to.

    March 22, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissDee_

    Point taken!

    I guess what I was trying to get at was that present-day Nova Scotia doesn't include the entire area of what was considered the territory of Acadia at the time of the Great Expulsion. It didn't become Nova Scotia until AFTER the Acadians were deported, so I've never thought of the Acadians as being "from Nova Scotia."

    However, you are correct in that the first colony was Port Royale, which is in present day Nova Scotia. (Well, second colony technically, the first of Ile Ste Croix was a failure).

    March 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrandonFra339057

    I am learning Cajun french vocabulary. It's a shame English speakers didn't allow french because it was a poor man's language. It would be amazing to see our language comeback.

    June 24, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CJYA3

    Oo. I want to learn Cajun French!

    October 19, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cataphobia

    I'd be interested in learning this language.

    December 15, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ErikaBaby

    My family on my dad's side is from New Orleans (my mom's side is from Germany) -- so this inspired me to want to learn both french and german, but it would make the most sense to truly learn the french of my family. I'm just nervous about getting them confused now

    March 28, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/salvadorlopz

    Hmm I don't know about a full course but maybe a bonus skill can be added for Cajun/Acadian and Québec French in the French course.

    December 30, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissDee_

    It would be easier to create a course for Acadian French (from which Cajun French derives), as there's a fair amount of research and documentation for Acadian French. Cajun is considered to be closer to a creole than a dialect, and survives mostly through an oral means, whereas Acadian French has documented lexicons and studies have been done on it's particularities.

    I'd encourage learners to learn standard French, and reach out to Cajuns/Acadians to learn the respective dialects. It's really more something to be learned by usage and a cultural immersion. :)

    February 22, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TreyzMeName

    :)

    February 23, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmniPresen3

    Destiny Moses Post this... Hey, I am going to Lousiana soon and was using these Cajun cards to help me learn to speak. I thought these cards were of great use to you too. They are free so why not? https://www.cmarshallturner.com/p/learn-to-speak-like-a-cajun

    January 23, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MickeyB6882

    I know it exist! I am born into it!

    August 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vincent599522

    I live in Southern Louisiana so I definitely know what Cajun French is! I would absolutely love to have this as a course!

    December 31, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmniPresen3

    Destiny Moses Post this... Hey, I am going to Lousiana soon and was using these Cajun cards to help me learn to speak. I thought these cards were of great use to you too. They are free so why not? https://www.cmarshallturner.com/p/learn-to-speak-like-a-cajun

    January 23, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Micifus

    I would love this. I am not Cajun, but I was born in New Iberia and have friends whose parents and grandparents speak it, but they do not. LSU offered free classes a while back, and my best friend's cousin took them, but sadly the classes are no longer available. DuoLingo should 100% pick it up. There are some subtle nuances depending on the region, but I'd be happy to learn the Language and then ask friends and neighbors about the little differences.

    February 4, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Belial822228

    Louisiana native - I'd love to see this take off as well. It's just too interesting.Parisian French just isn't a good replacement for it, but unfortunately it's what most of our local schools teach now.

    March 8, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KlynLeigh

    Hey, I’m Cajun but I never got to learn the language I would really love you doulingo to bring this to the table.

    September 15, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Le_garcon_cadien

    There's a Cajun french group on Facebook that I use and a cajun french reddit that gives Daily words and a phrase of the week. I use those along with the french course on here to learn cajun french.

    September 15, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cajuntinman53

    I think a Cajun French revival would be great! When I was younger I heard it everywhere but now that I am older I rarely here anyone speak it anymore. It needs new life breathed into it.

    October 3, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cajuntinman53

    I could easily see a Dulingo Cajun French program being used in schools here in Louisiana.

    October 3, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LouisKG

    Cajun French is making a small comeback among the Louisiana Parishes, would be a wonderful addition to the courses.

    December 2, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MelissaGui735655

    I have always wanted to learn my four grandparents’ native tongue and dialect. Please add a Cajun French course to duolingo!!!! Please don’t let this language die

    February 11, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jpyams

    Definitely would be interesting, especially for a Southerner! Be great to make this if for nothing more than preserving our heritage.

    July 12, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BraydenWat4

    I would love ta have this as a course on here. I'm currently learning Cajun and it would be a great way to learn more.

    December 1, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/addiexoxo

    im cajunyup

    January 23, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmniPresen3

    Destiny Moses Post this... Hey, I am going to Lousiana soon and was using these Cajun cards to help me learn to speak. I thought these cards were of great use to you too. They are free so why not? https://www.cmarshallturner.com/p/learn-to-speak-like-a-cajun

    January 23, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aefalcon

    It's a shame this part of our culture is dying, but unless the state or fed. governments offer grants to support these languages, I don't expect duolingo or anyone else to teach it.

    January 27, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnnieKaffy

    Sign me up!

    March 21, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/triolinga12

    my mothers grandparents and my uncle speak cajun french im also from louisiana but my mother never taught me

    July 16, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ichinose_Tokiya

    I would absolutley love it if Duolingo would add a Cajun French course!

    January 26, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Laine32001

    I would love to learn this! All of my dad's family is Cajun :-)

    June 8, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mommy227100

    I got excited thinking they had Cajun French listed. I’m Cajun. Instead of teaching us, the adults used it when they didn’t want us to know what they

    June 10, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/benschex8

    There needs to be two courses for Louisiana French. Cajun French and Kouri Vini Louisiana Creole share a noun and adjective cognate base of 70 percent and are both dialects of louisiana French. The two languages are not ineligible with each other and they are not compatible with standard or Canada's French

    July 22, 2019
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