French: Embarrassing errors

Ten embarrassing errors to avoid in French

Ten embarrassing errors to avoid in French
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Just arrived in France? On holiday and relying on your phrasebook? Lived here for years? We've all been left red-faced by small errors while speaking the language. The Local is on hand with the ten most embarrassing mistakes to avoid in French.

Whether you're ordering a meal, out shopping, or trying to introduce yourself to a stranger, French can be a ruthless language. One vowel out of place, the wrong emphasis on the wrong consonant, and you can cause major offence or confusion to those around you.

Even if you've mastered the grammar, and you have a good-sized vocabulary, wrapping your tongue around the subtlest of differences can be a dangerous business when conversing with the French.

Have no fear, though, because The Local is here to guide you through some of the rudest, stupidest, most bizarre slip-ups that can be made when speaking the language of love.

So whether you're planning your honeymoon, just arrived, or have been living in France for years, CLICK HERE FOR THE TEN MOST EMBARRASSING MISTAKES TO AVOID IN FRENCH.

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