Let´s be realistic and objective… When talking about French people, you can´t avoid making fun of their language skills… They might be experts when it comes to cooking or even making love, but as far as languages and linguistics are concerned… the room improvement is considerable! Especially when it comes to Shakespeare´s language!
You can´t say that the French are not trying hard though. Actually, the French Ministry of Education has been trying to get French teachers, students and pupils to speak English properly and reach the level of their European neighbors for decades.
What is the problem then? Are the French people a lost cause? Is it only a matter of genetics?
It would really be pretentious if I pretend to possess the answers to these questions!
Whilst we wait for someone to give us the answer, here are the unofficial TOP 10 difficulties French people have when learning English:
- “th” pronounced zzzz by French people
- The “h” sound that French people can´t make.
- Putting the plural mark on adjectives (The flowers are reds)
- I have 15 years old vs. I am 15 years old
- Since vs. For
- Irregular verbs they spend 2 years memorizing
- The vs. Ø article (The people think I can´t speak English)
- What´s the difference between United Kingdom, England, Great Britain, the British Islands?
- They´re, their, there
- Where, we´re, were, wear