Why double negation Ne and Pas
In the sentence, "Je ne parle pas bien français", why is there a double negation with Ne and Pas?
To negate a sentence, you just make a "verb sandwich" with "ne" in front and "pas" after it! There are several other negations besides "pas" in later lessons. That said, "ne" is somewhat superfluous, and is usually left out completely in informal, spoken French, but it best to learn it first the formal, complete way.
I'm french and I live in France and I find it terribly annoying when foreigners, especially young ones, speak all the "ne pas" and "nous". It just sounds ridiculous and makes everything harder to understand. Plus it's not comfortable to see native speakers frowning all the time when you speak. They would greatly benefit from sticking to "pas" and "on" earlier in the learning process. Of course I won't hate or bite them if they use the outdated versions, but come on! Make a little extra effort, it's worth it ^^'