Language quiz

Here are recordings of people from different countries speaking French. Can you work out which countries they come from?

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13 Responses to Language quiz

  1. Colm says:

    1. France
    2. Belgium
    3. Quebec (Canada)
    4. Switzerland

  2. Mike says:

    I agree with Colm.
    1. France
    2. Belgium
    3. Québec
    4. Switzerland

    If you want to hear true Québécois at its best go to: http://www.tetesaclaques.tv. These short clips and the website have become something of a cultural phenomenon here in Québec and is hugely popular. It really gives you a flavor of the phonology, the lexicon and the expressions here. :) Enjoy!

  3. Colm says:

    Merci bien Mike! :-)

  4. David says:

    Oui, I also agree with Colm

    France
    Belgium
    Quebec
    and Switzerland

  5. Karim says:

    It would be interesting to do this with Arabic dialects/variants. I tried a simple online survey with a bunch of songs sometime ago and found most people thought most Eastern dialects sounded identical.

  6. Evans Knight says:

    what? no ‘cadien?

  7. Travis says:

    Before having read the previous posts, I had incorrectly guessed that number two came from Southern France. I noticed the announcer in the sample highlighted a final e at the end of several of his words: souhaite, podium, coupe, and réussite. My friend from Bergerac emphasizes these final e’s also. I’m glad to hear that this is done in Belgium. Vivent les e muets qui ont trouvé leur voix.

  8. ISPKN says:

    I could only recognize the first one as France and the third one as Quebec, but I’m glad that everyone else seems to agree.

  9. Simon says:

    Here are the answers:

    Recording 1
    Country: France
    Radio Station: france inter

    Recording 2
    Country: Belgium
    Radio Station: Bel RTL

    Recording 3
    Country: Canada (Quebec)
    Radio Station: CKAC 730AM

    Recording 4
    Country: Switzerland
    Radio Station: Radio Suisse Romande

  10. James says:

    I am an addict of these guess the accent things

    (1) France. Love it ´changer´ ídentité´and facile…

    (2) Belgium: hard to say why (though I lived there for 9 months but that was more than 10 years ago).

    (3) canadian: never heard the accent before and the pronunciation of the english words: Cat Stevens

    (4) Swiss.

    I have to admit to being a snob with French accents: only the french one sounds ´right´ to me :)

    James

  11. Questioneer??? says:

    This is rather interesting because to me the one from Belgium sound the most right to me. I believe I can attribute this to the fact that my first French teacher was from Belgium but the one from France also seems correct.

  12. art says:

    the swiss one was pretty easy to figure out i guess, because she says “geneve” and the Quebecois one was silly because he said all those English names.

  13. Doodee says:

    Thanks for sharing