Hayden's Impressions from France - Language skills

Hayden's Impressions from France - Language skills


by Hayden Hopkins

So far the biggest difference I've noticed linguistically in France has been the way in which the French shorten their words. The thing that stood out to me the most at first was the fact that they very rarely use the "ne" when it comes to negation with "ne . . . pas". Additionally, they speak so fast sometimes it almost seems like the words slur together until "je ne sais pas" can sound like "j'ai pas."

It has taken me a while to get used to their manner of speaking and there are still times when my host siblings are speaking so quickly my comprehension flies out the window, but for the most part I have been able to adapt relatively quickly. It's very rewarding to be able to notice a markable improvement in my ability to comprehend French spoken by native speakers, and now with my two weeks with a host family almost up I'm disappointed i have to leave so soon, as I can just imagine how much better I would become the longer I remained here.

I'm just grateful for the time I have had and I hope I am able to return one day, as being immersed in French culture and speaking French every day truly is the quickest way to improve one's own language skills, in my opinion.