When on a bus in Paris last week, we overheard a conversation between a young black couple.
It was an English / French / something mix: you could just about understand half of a sentence and then it was gone. Caribbean most likely, but maybe West African?
For a while, I've said that if I could have my time again, I'd study Linguistics.
Any ideas anybody?
Having had to spend a few days in hospital recently, I had an 'old girl' next to me and we conversed well in French, but she kept speaking to me in patois.
So each morning instead of saying 'ça va', I now say to my neighbours 'cor vy biem' or goes it well. They think its a hoot, me having a go at patois, but it breaks the ice each morning!
There was never going to be a definitive answer, but your thought of Cameroon sounds good.
You don't have to go to exotic places to hear Patois.
My neighbours speak almost exclusively Chi'ti between themselves but kindly speak 'Real' French to me.
I work with a woman who comes from near Dunkerque, she says Chi'ti is spoken a lot around there but she only understands a few words even though she grew up in the area
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