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Comment est née la langue française ?

Where did the French language come from? Get the short answer in this cute animated video for children. For more detail, take a look at our 5-part series.*
After watching the video, scroll down to the transcript and click any word for the English translation and links to related grammar lessons.

Note: The tenses in this French article and its English translation don't match! In French, we use the present tense to describe historical stories like this to evoke a sense of immediacy, whereas in English, we commonly use the past tense - learn more about historical French tenses.

 

*The Development of French

  1. Birth of the French language
  2. Dialects and regional languages
  3. Middle French
  4. Classical French
  5. Modern French

Click any word in the text to see its translation and related grammar lessons.

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