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Spoken French vs Taught French

Chers tous,

Most French learning methods are more prescriptive than descriptive. They follow the taste of teachers who sometimes put themselves in a position of supreme judge as far as taste and correctness. Unfortunately for the foreign student, the average native speaker rarely thinks like a textbook. Street language develops numerous colloquialisms that never appear in books. One example is the passé simple. It pretty much disappeared  from the spoken language, replaced by the passé composé. A writer ignoring this fact when working on dialogs puts their text in danger of looking quite odd.

Rules of spoken French are looser.  Real life practice with native speakers or a discussion class will go a long way.

Bien à vous,

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