Wednesday, February 10, 2016

les ognons sont bons mais ils coutent beaucoup

Ce n'est pas vrai! but the spelling of both les oignons and coûter will officially change to les ognons and couter in French school books this year. The spelling changes approved by l'Academie Française in 1990 apply to 2,400 words and discontinues the use of l'accent circonflexe in many cases. Here at Canoe Island French Camp, the changes provide an excellent entry point to discussions around the evolution of language and how society influences what stays and what goes. TF1 released a video February 3rd, which has started a social media frenzy including the hashtag #jesuiscirconflexe and the BBC has a great article in English.

What do you think about these changes to the French language?

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