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le français vs. français

Cara W.A2Kwiziq community member

le français vs. français

In a situation where we are deciding whether to use le français or simply français with the verb parler, would one or the other be more appropriate in certain settings, or are they both equally valid? I am curious if there are any nuanced differences between the two.

Asked 3 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Cara, 

With the verb parler, you can say both 

Je parle français 

or 

Je parle le français 

to say I speak Fench 

I cannot think of another verb where the article would be optional as you would have to say -

J'apprends le français = I am learning French 

J'enseigne le français = I teach French 

For instance, if you wanted to say 

we speak Spanish at home 

you could say -

On parle espagnol à la maison

On parle l'espagnol à la maison 

On parle en espagnol à la maison 

Very odd but an interesting little fact.

Bonne Continuation!

le français vs. français

In a situation where we are deciding whether to use le français or simply français with the verb parler, would one or the other be more appropriate in certain settings, or are they both equally valid? I am curious if there are any nuanced differences between the two.

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