it will also never cease to amaze me how the same concepts expressed in english take twice as much text to express in french. it's a beautiful language but it's quite verbose and complicated don't @ me
I took french immersion in school so I ostensibly can speak french, but only canadian french, and not even the good canadian french (je viens de l'acadie, look it up, d'ac) plus the school never focused on proper pronunciation, so I sound awful. I've tried conversing in french in four french-speaking countries and in most cases, people just switch to english :\ it feels awful so I don't really bother trying anymore
but at least I can read french toots, so it's not all bad 🤗
if you're into languages, check out chiac, which is like english syntax with french linguistic structures: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiac
actually this reminds me a lot of the french I see on mastodon...
@ashfurrow hey, a lot of times I'm sure they were switching to english to practice with a native speaker!
And I'm also sure that many of them were appreciative of you making an effort to speak their language! 👍
@ashfurrow Yeah, my little Canadian-French osmosis as a child and a year in school means I can suss out most short posts, recognize most insults, or talk to a dog, but French-speakers think I'm an idiot. I mean, more than usual.
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