French language facts
- The French are feeling very protective about their language
with laws banning the use of non-French words from official publications
and websites. French equivalents for technological achievements
are being introduced by official agencies
e-mail is 'un
courrier électronique' or officially albeit unused 'un
mél' and a keyboard is 'un clavier'.
- Like Italian and Spanish Latin derives from a vulgarized form
of Latin. Till today the languages share many similarities.
- French is the second most frequently taught language in the
world - after English.
Some characteristics of French language
- With its many silent letters French pronunciation can
differ significantly from its spelling
- Formal / informal address
Deference and politeness is expressed by the switch between formal
'vous' (2nd person plural) and informal 'tú' (2nd person
- Inflection, declination and grammatical gender are important
features of French grammar
- French features 5 diacritical (accent) marks: accent
aigu ´ (acute accent), accent grave ` (grave accent), accent
circonflexe (circonflex), accent tréma ¨(dieresis
or umlaut) and cedille ¸ (cedilla, only with letter 'c')