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Dirty Grammar

Géraldine Lepère, Nov 6

Géraldine Lepère has recorded an advanced lesson about how to sound more French by making your grammar slightly less formal.

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When you speak French very well, sometimes too well, your French might be a little too clean, too formal, too perfect. If you don’t want to sound like a book, it’s always a good idea to dirty it a little.

I’m not talking about swearing or speaking like a teenager but adding more real French to this literary French. There are many many ways to add a few tics de language, slang, and colloquial French, but one way that students often ask me about is "dirty grammar".  It’s the bad grammar we often use in spoken French, the one you won’t use in exams but that really sounds French.

This is an episode for advanced learners. Don’t freak out if you don’t get the point. And don’t use it in exams. However, If you are intermediate/advanced and looking for fluency, this episode might be a big aha moment.

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