Andy asked in TravelUnited StatesNew Orleans · 4 months ago

Do people really speak Frech very well in Louisiana?

My cousin said they speak French very well there because it was part of France before the US bought that territory.

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  • Ludwig
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    They do not actually speak French. They speak a form of pre-revolutionary Creole, which is very difficult for French people in France to understand.   Many prefer to have it  translated into English and to translate that into French themselves.

  • 4 months ago

    Very few people in Louisiana speak French or "Cajun" French.  The growth of mass communications (radio, cinema, TV) in English during the 20th century saw to that. 

    I am a Louisiana native and have lived in Louisiana for most of my life. 

  • 4 months ago

    I was in New Orleans once with a person from France. She had no trouble communicating with some of the speakers of creole French there, although there are many differences. Most of the people of French descent there now come from the Acadians, who moved south from Canada. Their version of French partly reflects the Frence of the 1600s (think of Americans speaking Shakespearean English), and partly the influences of other languages in Louisiana. 

  • 4 months ago

    Many there are ex-Acadians who wee kicked out of Canada.  "Cajun" is a corruption of the word Acadian, and even other French speakers have trouble understanding Acadians!   Their French changed when they went to Louisiana, and many speak a Creole, which is a bit of a mix.  Some may speak French, but, in a very local dialect for sure.

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  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    they dont speak English very well so why would French be any better

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Some do and some don't.

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