One of my friends from back home recently asked me if I still speak English.
If the French government happens to be reading my blog, of course I still speak English perfectly!! The French language has not at all influenced my langue maternelle (native language).
Unfortunately for my students, the question my friend posed is a just one. Do I still speak English?
I would be lying if I said the French language hasn’t left a mark on my abilities to speak correctly.
I can’t seem to stop myself from saying things like:
“They’re pretty, the flowers” instead of “The flowers are pretty!”
This is because in French, you pretty much never say what you’re talking about until after you’ve already talked about it. It’s all personal pronouns BEFORE the nouns.
We tend to speak the other way around, Americans.