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French is French -- or is it ?


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Standard French versus Canadian French

 

French varies mostly in its spoken form from country to country. The colloquial language also varies (slangs, youth language, etc.), but for the rest, for the most part French is French.

 

An educated French native speaker will understand most of the nuances that are in use in the other French-speaking countries. Inter-intelligibility of formally and informally spoken Quebec French with Metropolitan French is a matter of heated debates between linguists. If a comparison can be made, the differences between both dialects are probably larger than those between American and British, but not as large as those between standard German and Swiss German.

 

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