https://www.duolingo.com/LitenStjarna

I have started to develop a French accent in English??

I noticed today that whenever I spoke, unintentionally my words sounded that of a French person speaking English and it was amusing but also a little odd. Is this normal and has it happened to you in not just French but any language? And, does it mean I'm improving a lot? Merci.

August 2, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlanL.Rife

I have noticed this in myself in French and Italian more than other languages. I should also mention German. I spent three years in Germany and I still say book, and a few other words, with the guttural K sound to this day and that has been over 28 years ago.

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LitenStjarna

Cool!

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

It's normal for some people. While it can be a bit strange at first, I think it's an advantage in learning other languages in the long run. It's good to pick up the accent and rhythm of other languages, but some of us can get our accents mixed up a bit.

Everyone in France seems to assume that I'm British. Someone once said that I sound like the British actress Jane Birkin when I speak French.

I also end up with a weird mixed accent after watching British movies or even talking to British friends. After a week in the UK, people ask me if I live there. I don't do this on purpose, and have to concentrate on my own accent. With some effort, you should be able to control your accent in English if you notice it wandering off!

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ilmarien

Heh, I was told once that I spoke French with a slight English accent (I'm American), so I wonder if the two accents sound at all similar when speaking French. Or if people just default to assuming any hints of English are British, given the proximity - I don't think I could distinguish between different Spanish accents if someone were speaking English, for instance.

Anyway, yeah, my accent in English sometimes goes a bit Spanish these days. So does my vocabulary, for that matter.

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LitenStjarna

Out of curiosity, where are you from? :-)

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

I'm from California, so it's weird when I start sounding vaguely British.

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/pir_anha

Some people are chameleons. This can be a good thing; you might end up with a decent accent in French. I always have a foreign accent in English after I've studied one of my languages intensely. I need to watch myself though; I take on not just accents but also habits of speech, and speech impediments -- not a nice thing to do; people tend to find that insulting. I am forever apologizing for it.

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LitenStjarna

I have too also experienced my grammar becoming poor in English when I talk and it is a bit alarming.

August 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/italianvonne

This is so fascinating. I could see someone learning, let's say, German first, then when they learn a second language, the pronunciations could lean toward German. So even though they aren't a German native speaker, people in the second language may assume they are simply because of the lean towards a German pronunciation. But the person could have Japanese or something as their first language.

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Dobie42

I tend to use Swedish intonation when I'm saying words/phrases in Spanish. It's kinda fun to mix accents and languages :)

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LitenStjarna

Yep, I agree :p

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LitenStjarna

Très vrai.

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/G.P.Niers

This is fairly normal, I'd say. When I talk to foreigners, I sometimes subconsciously copy aspects of their accents and there's nothing I can do about it.

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KimberlyHarbison

Although i've never had my english (native) accent effected, i have always been told that i speak spanish like a french person. because i learned it first, maybe, or just because the sounds come easier to me, that accent seems to overtake.

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/kmundkur

i think u are improving. great going.

August 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/brijess11

That is weird. Sometimes I have a Spanish accent when I'm speaking French

August 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KimNichols7

hahaha. I recently started practising my French again after a VERY long break. 25 years ago I had French friends living in South Africa and I would spend time with them and talk. I always found that my tongue felt funny after a weekend with them of only talking French. I think that the tongue is used differently in French as opposed to English and maybe that is why. I also found it amusing and sometimes get that same feeling now that I have been practising again. :)

April 19, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/TheCenterZone

It's kinda normal and fairly common. Have you been listening to French a lot? I have not actually spoken in a full accent in any language, just certain words, which was not was not a lot.

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LitenStjarna

I've been listening to a lot of French music, yes.

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AlanL.Rife

I study French mostly for the music. I am a big fan of Zaz, Alain Souchon and Alizee, even when I didn't know what they were singing.

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/thuylinh-2004

great !^_^

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LitenStjarna

Have you ever heard of Stromae or Indila? They are both fantastique.

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AlanL.Rife

Yes to Indila, but I had to look up Stromae on YouTube. Both are very good. I have a theory that one could sing a shopping list in French and it would sound good.

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LitenStjarna

Definitely! :p

August 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Marshymilla101

I get the same problem with french mostly because i don't speak french also cause its easier that way

August 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PeaceDLuffy

I sometimes speak German with French accent... :(

November 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/lilme20

It definitely happens. I'm Australian born and raised, but while living in Canada for 2 years I had to show people my Australian drivers license or passport for them to believe me, including other Aussies I met! I've been back in Australia for 5 years now and find that some words still come out Canadian.

August 2, 2018
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