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  1. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    31 Mar '10 14:57
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    The French actually don't care, but the Académie Française believes it loses authority over the language if they allow anglicisms. They'll be ignored, as they've been so far for words like internet, etc.
  2. 31 Mar '10 15:42
    It's a tough one. The French have a proud culture and a rich language. Having it diluted by English heralds a less prestigious position with regard to how the country may be perceived. It also brings closer the inevitable need for French people in general to learn another language - a characteristic that th British and French share in not liking and not being good at.

    I also believe that it's similar to standard English purists who bemoan the introduction of new words into the English language. Whatever we think, language growth is a dynamic process - English as an international language means that British or US natives have no claim to hold back language that they abhore.
  3. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    31 Mar '10 15:46
    Originally posted by Bonarparte
    It's a tough one. The French have a proud culture and a rich language. Having it diluted by English heralds a less prestigious position with regard to how the country may be perceived. It also brings closer the inevitable need for French people in general to learn another language - a characteristic that th British and French share in not liking and not b ...[text shortened]... anguage means that British or US natives have no claim to hold back language that they abhore.
    I never saw a French having a problem with saying "L'internet" or "le web".
  4. Standard member Seitse
    Doug Stanhope
    31 Mar '10 16:34
    Originally posted by Palynka
    I never saw a French having a problem with saying "L'internet" or "le web".
    Heresy! The horror!
  5. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    31 Mar '10 16:55
    Originally posted by Seitse
    Heresy! The horror!
    Sacré bleu!
  6. 31 Mar '10 22:20
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    That's fantastic. I think I am going to use that from now on, in whatever language.
  7. 04 Apr '10 20:04
    eblabla is cute.
  8. 08 Apr '10 22:18 / 2 edits
    http://www.orbilat.com/Languages/French/Vocabulary/French-International.html

    the English language is full of French words and phrases and no one really cares.

    The French need to take a more laissez-faire attitude when it comes to language and embrace words from other languages no matter how nouveau or avante-garde they may be.
  9. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    08 Apr '10 22:22
    Originally posted by Melanerpes
    The French need to take a more laissez-faire attitude when it comes to language and embrace words from other languages no matter how nouveau or avante-garde they may be.
    The French do. That's why the Academie Francaise has a problem.
  10. Standard member Seitse
    Doug Stanhope
    09 Apr '10 06:16
    Originally posted by Nordlys
    That's fantastic. I think I am going to use that from now on, in whatever language.
    So, you fancy some webcam éblabla?
  11. Standard member Seitse
    Doug Stanhope
    09 Apr '10 07:32
    Originally posted by Seitse
    So, you fancy some webcam éblabla?
    Hey, it has a nice ring to it!
  12. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    09 Apr '10 07:46 / 1 edit
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    It seems like every French word has more syllables than the corresponding English word.
  13. Standard member Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    09 Apr '10 08:09
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    It seems like every French word has more syllables than the corresponding English word.
    That's because they talk three times as fast.
  14. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    09 Apr '10 10:36
    Originally posted by Bosse de Nage
    That's because they talk three times as fast.
    Or because with all that aspiration, it's hard to have very long words in English.
  15. Standard member Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    09 Apr '10 11:38
    Originally posted by Palynka
    Or because with all that aspiration, it's hard to have very long words in English.
    Heavy breathing: le vice anglais.