French regional accents
Accents vary all over the world depending on where you are from and what region. In this case, French accents can vary depending on where you are from. We know that learning a different language or knowing a different language from birth can be very good as it opens new doors and can allow you to talk to different people of different backgrounds, but the way you speak it can sometimes be a barrier, as some people may not understand your accent.
All over the world, all French speakers have a slight accent varying from the speed to the way they say different words. Some native French speakers learn French from the way it is spoken in the surroundings, for example the correct French way of saying have you eaten is “Est-que tu as mangé?” whereas the way I heard it being said in my Congolese family was "Chia mangé?"
Standard French can be heard in the news and is used in more formal events and situations such as business meetings. Standard French can show authority and how educated you are.
The standard of French was first spoken by the ones in power as they had chosen how they liked it and what was normal as in the time of when French was introduced, there was no French spoken so it was easy to normalise it as the inhabitants of France did not know what it was when it was prescribed to the public.
Accents in France can vary from region to region. The well known southern accent in the south of France is the “chantant” accent. Those from the southern France have a tendency to elongate their words and sometimes add an “ehh” to the end of their words, therefore is known as the “chantant” French.
Although French accents are celebrated and are found attractive to some ears, accents in some parts of the corporate world are ridiculed and frowned upon. Surveys have shown that people with different accents are discriminated in the workplace and sometimes cannot get a job. Their fellow northern employees are made examples and they are told that if they speak French like them they could get a job promotion or further in life.
For more information about different accents, you can go to the France 24 YouTube channel and watch the following video: "French regional accents: source of pride or discrimination?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bO5eq6dOPok
Eleonore Nstiomo-Milandou 9M