When living in France starts messing with your English

Written by Diane. Posted in French language, on life in France

When living in France starts messing with your English

If you’re anything like me, after living in a country where English isn’t the native language, you’ll start to a notice a phenomenon that I like to call “WTF is going on!?” You’ll notice yourself searching for words that were once at the tip of your tongue, second-guessing your spelling and experiencing somewhat frequent brain farts.

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English with a sprinkling of French (and how the accent affects comprehension)

Written by Diane. Posted in French language, on everything else

French words in English

Super cool French expat blogger in the USA Mathilde tweeted a post from another French expat blogger also in the US, Sarah of SarahContePhilly, that caught my eye. It was all about French false friends — a word that is misleading because the word doesn’t mean what you think it does. For example, le smoking in French is actually a tuxedo/dinner jacket and has nothing to do with smoking. It got me thinking about French words that we use in English that we may not even recognize as such….

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