MarcArgent Posted March 6, 2015 Report Share Posted March 6, 2015 The French language is a very beautiful language - very polite and very classy. Having to listen and read the language is like looking and appreciating an excellent work of art. However, like works of art, some are very hard to decipher and very hard to understand. The French language is no exception to this. Here are some of the reasons why I think French can be hard to understand.1. French has a lot of ways of saying things.I think most of us are no stranger to the many new French words we get to encounter every time we read an article or a book, only to find out that we know and understand its synonym. It's because the french has so many language registers. If I'm not mistaken, the French has 6 registers: 1) Soutenu (Refined); 2) Formelle (Formal); 3) Courant (Normal); 4) Familier (Informal); 5) Populaire (Familiar); and 6) Argotique/Vulgaire (Slang/Vulgar). This sometimes makes reading French so hard because of so many complex words.2. The French pronounciation is complex.The French liaison and elision takes time to fully master - there are so many exemptions to the rule. Usually the rule is applicable; sometimes it is not. Another is the silent and aspirated /h/. You absolutely have no way to determine if it is silent or aspirated EXCEPT to just MEMORIZE it. 3. Written French is sometimes different from Spoken French.This causes an issue especially when reading French literature. There are certain rules and system that only applies to written French; likewise, to spoken French. An example is:Spoken: Est-ce qu'il y a des gens?Written: Y-a-t-il des gens?Sometimes these are subtle differences but can cause confusion.Don't get me wrong: I love French so much. It is very rewarding to learn the language. It is just very challenging because you have to memorize a lot of rules and systems.Vive la France! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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