30 ENGLISH WORDS used IN EVERYDAY FRENCH + how FRENCH NATIVES PRONOUNCE them (Fun, Boycott...)

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30 ENGLISH WORDS used IN EVERYDAY FRENCH + how FRENCH NATIVES PRONOUNCE them (Fun, Boycott...)

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The Nike shoe brand in France, nobody will say that.

If you say that, people will laugh at you.

They say: I bought a new pair of Nike.

Hello everyone, I hope you are well. Today, I'm going to talk to you about anglicisms in French, English words that we use in everyday life in French.

This video may not please the purists of the French language. There are people who don't like the use of English words in French, but it's part of the evolution of the language, of the reality of French spoken in everyday life, of the French we see on TV, we read on the Internet, we see in movies, it's part of the evolution of the French language to integrate English words.

So today, we're going to look at some words in English that are regularly used in French, when speaking in France.

There are many more in reality, but I had to draw the line.

We will also see something very important which is the pronunciation of these words. It is not because we say English words that we will pronounce them in France with an English accent.

So we will pronounce these words in French but in the French way, with a French accent. I don't know if this is the case in all French-speaking countries.

In Quebec, for example, I think we pronounce English words with the right accent, but this is not the case in France. I'll give you a few examples before I start.

For example, the Nike shoe brand in France, nobody is going to say that. If you say that, people will laugh at you. In France, they say Nike. I bought a new pair of Nike shoes. Nobody is going to say Nike.

You see, this is also the case for brand names. It's not only the case for common names. For example, I'll say next week, I'm going to Disneyland and not I'm going to Disneyland.

Some of you have made fun of my accent. In some videos, I said Hello tout le monde and not Hello tout le monde. But that's how you pronounce Hello in France.

If I come to work and say Hello to everyone, people will wonder if I have a problem, they will laugh at me.

In French to say hello you can of course say salut, but more and more, people also say hello, but they pronounce it like that, they pronounce it Hello, I'll prove it to you right now, and you can also do the test in Google Translate.

In fact, when you put a word and you put on one side French, one side English, you can hear the pronunciation, the difference in pronunciation between a French person who is going to say the word and an English person.

We will do it together for the word Hello and you will hear the difference in pronunciation.

For each word, I will first give you the pronunciation in English of the word. Then, I will tell you how it is pronounced in French and I will give you a context, I will use the word in a sentence.

Of course, you also have to take into account that there are different accents in France and Belgium, and you have to add to that, to the classical French pronunciation, the accent that different people may have.

Weekend, weekend. The weekend begins on Friday evening and ends on Sunday evening.

OKAY, OKAY. We're having pizza for lunch. Okay, I'm just really hungry. I'll see you tomorrow at 10:00? Ok, that's fine. You can also say d'accord in French, but it's true that Ok is really used a lot in French.

Cool, cool. It was very cool the restaurant yesterday, I really liked it. In French, you can also say sympa, but we really use the word cool a lot.

Smartphone, smartphone. You can connect your smartphone to this speaker to play music.

Boycott, boycott. The United States announces the diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Mug, Mug. Do you want a mug or a cup for your tea? I prefer a mug, it's bigger.

Jackpot, jackpot. A Frenchman has hit the jackpot in the lottery. He won more than 100 million euros.

Fair play, fair play. In sports, you have to be fair. It's important to respect the rules of the game and your opponents.

Pickpocket, pickpocket. A pickpocket stole my smartphone in the subway.

Boss, the boss. Thibault is the boss, he's the one who decides.

Challenge, a challenge. Running the marathon is a real challenge for me. I hope to succeed.

Sandwich, sandwich. I didn't have much time this lunch, so I just had a sandwich.

Stand-by stand-by. I lost my job, so I put my home buying project on stand-by.

Geek, a geek. Samuel is a real geek. He spends all day behind his computer playing games.

Underground, underground. This musical project gathers ten French underground rappers.

Fake news, fake news. You can read a lot of fake news on the Internet.

Buzz, buzz. This video with dancing dogs is making the buzz on the Internet. Everyone has seen it.

Casting, casting. I've been cast to play in the next Steven Spielberg movie.

Freelance, freelance. I am a freelance graphic designer, I work on my own.

Bartender, bartender. I'm going to go order two mojitos from the bartender.

Coming out, a coming out. Marc came out when he was 25. It was very difficult for him to reveal his homosexuality to his parents.

Break, a break. I need a break, I can't stand my job and the subway every day. I need a vacation.

Manager, manager. My manager gave me a raise last year.

Fast food, fast food. I want to eat fast food, but I hesitate between McDonalds, KFC and Burger King.

Scoop, a scoop. The journalist has a world scoop. He will reveal it tonight at 8pm on the news.

Fun, fun. Twister is really fun, I have a lot of fun every time I play it.

Flirting, flirting, flirting. I have a flirtation with my neighbor. I'm starting to fall in love.

Babysitter, babysitter. The babysitter kept my baby while I was at the movies.

Sketch, sketch. I really liked the sketch of this comedian.

Schedule, a schedule. I put the meeting at 2pm in the team's schedule.

Email, an email or an email. I sent an email to my colleague at 8am. It's 6pm and she still hasn't answered me.

And that's it for today. I hope you enjoyed this video. If you liked it, feel free to give it a thumbs up.

This is very important to me, and please comment if you know of any other anglicisms used in French.

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