You are not signed in (Login or Join Free)   |   Help
Sploofus Trivia
Trivia GamesCommunityLeaderboardsTournaments
NOTICE: Sploofus is closing May 31st.    Click here for more details

You are here:  Home  >>  Trivia Quizzes  >>  Languages  >>  How the French Use and Misuse English

How the French Use and Misuse English

halstonHalston on 01/21/2009

HowtheFrenchUseandMisuseEnglish Photo I love the French. I enjoy teaching them English and getting them to appreciate the language. Nevertheless, when English-speaking people use a French expression, it is because they want the meaning it has in French, the "nuance" of a "rendez-vous" or the perfect phrasing of "noblesse oblige".

No such thing with the French. When they use an English or an American expression, they transform it into something else, something it doesn't mean, something they could have said just as well in French anyway - or some other way of distorting it. Cute? Maybe. Annoying? Possibly. Surprising: if you've never been to France or tried to speak with French people, this quiz might be a bit difficult because many of the answers are rather unexpected. But if you have spoken with the French, you'll recognize these uses and misuses right away.

The picture here is of British actress Jane Birkin and French song writer Serge Gainsbourg (who wrote songs that very often had English words in them for Jane to sing with her English accent in French which everyone considered super sexy).
10 Questions

Rating:  (7.20/9)
Difficulty:  Very Difficult
Taken: 103 times

Share Quiz:

Quiz Leaderboard
Player: Level: % Correct: Time to Complete:
Alxclch 3570.00%    230.14 seconds    
Didb72 22270.00%    291.49 seconds    
Misschocolat26 3870.00%    665.50 seconds    
Stumbles 5060.00%    151.11 seconds    
21hearts 22560.00%    175.03 seconds    
Lola67 2760.00%    199.81 seconds    
Andydandy 1360.00%    251.72 seconds    
Diolica 5660.00%    258.77 seconds    
Woftam 15360.00%    353.57 seconds    
Kimbolimbo 450.00%    157.07 seconds    

Comments (5)
Newyorkgoomba  (Level: 226.6)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 5:28 PM

Ah, mais certainnment...tu es tres betes, n'est-ce pa? Rire out loud!

Lcoverton  (Level: 117.7)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 2:08 PM

If my French teacher had been less interested in art and concentrated more on grammar and meaning of words, I might have scored better on this quiz. Oh well, it was fun anyway.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.3)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 12:17 PM

great quiz. i really learned something.

Nanpaulhus  (Level: 144.9)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 10:29 AM

je suis cool - I only took one semester of french

Collioure  (Level: 115.4)
Wed, 21st Jan '09 3:41 AM

Very interesting quiz. Seven years here now, and I only got 50%.

Related Quizzes

Marynuala's Famous Infamous Fo...

By Marynuala on 8/29/2006

Games by this Author

Trivia QuizHeroes And Villains Of The Bri...

Trivia QuizThe French Pastry Shop.

Trivia QuizHow To Speak Of Love In French

Trivia QuizFamous Quotes About War And De...

Trivia QuizFrench Cuisine

Copyright © 2003-2017 Sploofus Holdings LLC.  All rights reserved.
Legal Notice & Privacy Statement  |  Link to Sploofus