Talk:French language

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Number of Native Speakers[edit]

The article mentions 150 million native speakers in the infobox, and 190 million speakers in the introduction of the article. The sources used, however, say roughly 77 million native speakers (ethnologue, 2014) 110 million native speakers (ulaval) and 150 million true francophones (diplomatie). As much as I would want these higher numbers to be true, I do not see where they have been pulled from. Or is there some new reports from ethnologue in 2017 that was not linked in this article? Regards.

Intuslegere (talk) 11:14, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

I don't know what the precise number is, but there seems to be a tendency on the part of some organizations to assume that native speakers only come from France, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland (which would explain the figures in the 75-80 million range). But there are some native speakers in Africa nowadays, particularly in the younger generations. Exactly how many there are seem to be difficult to quantify. Funnyhat (talk) 20:46, 7 April 2018 (UTC)

Lenlo's intervention - Ethnologue[edit]

If you use Ethnologue for the total native speakers of the french language, you should use Ethnologue for the german language in order to have equal treatment... German native speakers are only 77 millions according to Ethnologue https://www.ethnologue.com/language/deu --In vino vinitas (talk) 10:56, 16 November 2016 (fr)

Langue d'oïl and Langue d'oc[edit]

Langues d'oïl were mentioned in the article, but not the langue d'oc ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occitan_language ). Though the second represents the half of France (the Southern one).

Do you really confirm that French language derivates only from the Northern half (langue d'oïl) and not from the Southern one ? Magnon86 (talk) 03:56, 9 March 2018 (UTC)magnon86

This article is not about the languages of France, but about the French language. French is related to Occitan as both are Romance languages, but it is not derived from it, no. The two languages developed separately. (Now, some people in the south of France may use some Occitan words and expressions in their French speech (in what is called "Francitan") but that is a different phenomenon.) Funnyhat (talk) 20:34, 7 April 2018 (UTC)

Differences between Canadian-French and French-French (however I should say it) for “Deux” and “Bleu”.[edit]

As someone who’s been trying to learn French for at least for years, I’ve noticed that the way the Canadians and the French pronounce some words differently. I know this because I have a friend who is from Québec, and he pronounces words differently than my French teacher who teaches the French version of French does! If you want an example than words like “Deux” (two) and “bleu” (blue) in Canadian-French are pronounced like “Der” and “Bler”. Yes, I know that words in English just like any other language are pronounced and spelled differenly, like in American-English we spell “favourite” as “favorite” than other countries do. I can tell the differences the way my friend says it than my teacher, but for the spelling part is something I don’t know! So, can you French speakers tell me difference between the two? Thanks! Bubba2018 (talk) 20:18, 10 June 2018 (UTC)Bubba2018 Bubba2018 (talk) 20:18, 10 June 2018 (UTC)