Learning spoken French fluently – words and little phrases

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How to Speak French More Fluently ?

I introduce you in this page several basics that you can do in your daily life, your level in speaking the French language has no importance. After that I will talk about the fillers, you can use them to sound more French.

How to sound a bit more French ?

The basics of spoken French

Do not use the word ne

Even if you have a high level in the French language, maybe you do not sound like a native French people. It could be change some things for you. Let us see these examples, instead of saying « je n’aime pas la soupe » (I do not like the soup), we say « j’aime pas la soupe ». Or, « je ne veux pas aller marcher », we say « je veux pas aller marcher ». As you see it is not the same sound.

Use the word on instead of the word nous

We replace « nous voulons de la soupe » (We want some soup) by « On veut de la soupe ». That is conjugation. Sometimes we say « nous », which is the first person of plural, and sometimes we say « on » which is the third person of singular.

You have a high level in French ? Do you want to know more about the spoken French ? Here is a rule, a lot of French people make mistakes with this rule, so it is normal if you do not get it easily. So if we talk about three children, you need to agree with three children even if the word « on » is neutral.

So, I suggest you to not using the word nous but to use on.

When you ask something, remove the inversion

Usually the inversions is removed from the questions. We use it to be formal. 99% of the time we do not use it. But, when we write we there is the question mark at the end. We do not say « veux-tu de la salade ? » (Do you want some salad ?) but we say « tu veux de la salade ? ». If we do not write it but if we say it, you will notice that the sound at the end  of the sentence goes up. That is how we recognize a question when soemone is speaking.

Conversations fillers to get a better French sound

To speak like the real French, the one spoken by the native French people. When we learn a foreign language, it could be Portuguese, Italian, English,… you will not speak it like a native, right ? I am a native French speaker, so my French is right everytime, it is not perfect. So, for example, we do not use « mmm » (it is more English) in French, we use the sound « euh ». If you are not sure, do not say « mmm »  which is in English, but say « euh » which is French. You can use it very often as a filler.

The second thing : we change the words a little bit. We do not say « oui », « oui » = the formal way to say « yes », but we say « ouais ». It is like slang word. Sometimes we say as well « mouais » to say  « I am not really sure ». It depends on the intonation you put in what you say. You can say as well « ouais, ouais », « ouais, ouais » = « I do not really believe you ». We add the same word one more time and the sentence has a different meaning.

In French Pardon = « I am sorry, excuse me ».

Sometimes in French we say « hein ? », « hein » = « what ? / excuse me ? ».

You can say as well « comment ? ». « Pardon ? » and « comment ? » are polite and « hein ? » is kind of familiar.

It is a nice way to sound more French when you speak, but if you need to write something (for example an official paper like an exam or,…) do nor use them.

There is as well the word « voilà ». Depending on the context it has different meanings. You can say as well « ok, c’est ça » (that’s it). It can say as well « here, comes ». Here is an example « voilà nos plats » (here comes our dishes) if you are invited to eat at friend’s place. Voilà mon père (here comes my father), voilà mon chat (here comes my cat), and then after that you say whatever you want.

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