Here are recordings of a number of different people speaking varieties of French, or French-based Creoles. Can you work out where the people are from and which variety/creole they are speaking?
1) Channel Islands (don’t know which though)
2) Haiti perhaps
3) somewhere in Africa :\ Senegal for a guess
Just some ideas:
1) Les Seychelles
2) Louisiana Cajun
3) Haitian Creole
I thought the first sounded like Louisiana Cajun. The second sounded like Haitian Creole. I didn’t know the last one. These are just guesses based on what I’ve heard.
Sorry, my mp3 player mixed up the order i heard the questions… haha… so, I’ll agree and say i think the first is cajun and the second creole and the last one was just a guess seychelles.
Here are the answers:
Clip 1 – Cajun French
Clip 2 – Haitian Creole
Clip 3 – Guyane and Antilles Creole
Wow, I was right.
without looking :)
(1) No idea. Almost sounds like monty python. Very anglo intonation patterns, but plainly with its own authentic sound. Very odd.
(2) Haitian creole (second to last conversation I had in French was with some haitians – speaking standard french – in a driving test centre in Florida!)
(3) VERY HARD. not african, though it may well be black french (i.e. the colour of the voices). Not European, but closer to european than african sound. No idea
cajun is weird. i dunno why i didn’t guess when it was new. it almost sounds like how sean connery would speak french, especially the quelque chose part. lol. sounds like my uncle ambroise tho. boy is he a coonass.
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