The beauty of the French Language

French has an ardent dedication to “euphony,” or the quality of sounding harmonious. There are rules to make sure that French always sounds like a song or an old-fashioned melodrama, it’s not just a coincidence! One rule, for example, is that it avoids using words that end with a vowel sound before words that begin with one. Either the vowel is silent or consonant sounds are placed in between so that the words can flow into each other.

“Aimer” can mean “to like” or “to love.” Sure, they have expressions that specify a difference between liking and loving someone (i.e. to say you love someone you simply say “Je t’aime,” where as “Je t’aime bien” would imply that it’s more of a crush.) But, overall I think it’s nice that there isn’t so much a distinction between these two positive feelings where as us cynical, hipster-y English-speakers tend to be very clear: “I like Starbucks coffee, but I don’t love it.”

French people most commonly use this phrase, which directly translates to “making love.” When I asked French friends if they would ever say “avoir des relations sexuelles,” they just laughed at me because it sounds too clinical or proper to them. You can use slang words that all basically mean “❤❤❤❤” if you don’t want to sound quite so romantic; but in general, French people’s gag reflex isn’t triggered quite as easily as Americans when it comes to sounding romantic.

Some people dislike the fact that French is rarely pronounced the way it looks, but I personally love it. The more you use it, the more natural it seems that it’s spelled “beau” and not “bo.”

There are few times in English you get to use accent marks. In fact, most of the time you can, it’s because it’s actually a French word like “cliché” or “naïve.” My absolute favorite accent mark is “ç” and the only time you can use that in English is if you’re trying to sound like a health nut who’s obsessed with açai berry.

In French, adjectives usually go after the noun they describe, but there are some exceptions. Adjectives that describe beauty, age, goodness, or size go before the noun.

J'aime à peu près tout ce qui concerne le français. Le vocabulaire, la grammaire, la prononciation et la culture intégrée dans la langue. Ce n’est pas étonnant qu’elle soit considérée comme une belle langue, même si elle n’est pas aussi parlée que l’anglais. Je veux apprendre autant de langues que possible et elles sont toutes uniques et belles à leur manière, mais je sais que le français sera toujours mon premier amour.

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June 12, 2019


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