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Has your French affected the way you speak English ?

I noticed some time ago that I was using ‘one’ as a pronoun more often than I used to. This morning I used pharmacy where I would previously have said chemists. Do you do this ? I’m wondering if there are more words that I’ve changed without noticing.

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Re: Has your French affected the way you speak English ?

No, I'm certain it hasn't. Teaching English as a foreign language has made sure of it.
On the other hand, years and years ago, working for a French boss played havoc with my English, as he'd use franglais words with such total conviction that on occasion I'd start to question my own belief, and even reach for the dictionary to check!
Plus, certain affectation really grate with me. Like calling a tradesperson an artisan.

Don't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.
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Re: Has your French affected the way you speak English ?

Yes, I tend to mix languages as I dont have or have forgotten the English for some day to day words.
Too thick for a PhD!
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Re: Has your French affected the way you speak English ?

I think I sometimes use the french word order in english.
And now and again use french instead of english eg excusez moi , ou sont les oeufs? Blank face from the Tesco lady.

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Re: Has your French affected the way you speak English ?

It causes hesitations in my English as sometimes the French word or phrase springs into my mind first.
Just occasionally I use a French word as if it were an English one when in fact that word doesn't exist, or isn't used like that in English.

I think WB picked me up on that  in a post here not long ago...

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Re: Has your French affected the way you speak English ?

Norman, even in my worst nightmare I would never pick you up!😜
Too thick for a PhD!
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Re: Has your French affected the way you speak English ?

All the time, Hoddy, moreso as the years pass!


Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.


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Re: Has your French affected the way you speak English ?

NormanH wrote : Just occasionally I use a French word as if it were an English one when in fact that word doesn't exist, or isn't used like that in English.

Exactly so .. my dear OH, who has struggled with learning French since we arrived here in 2005, now often uses 'rest' when he means stay when he speaks English.
Example of a dialogue about us agreeing where to meet up in a fairly large town :
Him : I will rest there (place X) until you ring me to say where you find yourself.
Computing - it's another world
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