Les Dialectes Francophones

I work part-time on campus as a French tutor for entry-level courses. This semester I have three students. I really like being a tutor because not only does it apply to my education degree but it also gives me a chance to practice my French; I learn new things everytime I examine one of the entry-level textbooks, whether it’s grammar reinforcement, cultural facts, or new vocabulary. (Not to mention, the more I tutor these fast-paced courses the happier I am that I studied French in middle school and high school!) Regardless, during one of my tutoring sessions today, I came across a list of French dialects used among the different French-speaking countries in Europe (France, Belgium, and Switzerland). Some of these words I prefer, like the numbers used for “quatre-vingt” (eighty-80). A tous mes liseurs et liseures francophones . Dites-moi si j’ai tort ou si vous avez quelque chose à ajouter– j’accueille toujours de nouvelles idées !

Les belgicismes (Belgianisms)

  • le bassin de natation = la piscine (pool)
  • blinquer = briller (to shine)
  • un essuie = une serviette  (napkin)
  • une heure de forche = une heure de libre  (free time)
  • octante = quatre-vingts  (eighty; 80)
  • savoir = pouvoir  (can, to be able to)

La Suisse (Switzerland)

  •  C’est bonnard = C’est sympa  (that’s nice)
  • une chiclette = un chewing gum  (gum)
  • un cornet = un sac plastique   (plastic bag)
  • fais seulement = je t’en prie  (You’re welcome)
  • huitante = quatre-vingts  (eighty, 80)
  • un lingue = une serviette de bain  (towel)
  • un natel = un portable  (cell phone)
  • poutser = nettoyer   (to clean)

La Suisse et La Belgique (Switzerland and Belgium)

  • le déjeuner = le petit déjeuner  (breakfast)
  • le dîner = le répas de midi  (lunch)
  • nonante = quatre-vingt-dix  (ninety, 90)
  • septante = soixante-dix (seventy; 70)

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