nonante

Swiss French is the variety of French spoken by about 22% of the population of Switzerland as their primary language. It does not differ from Standard French as much as, for example Swiss German and Standrad German which are considered separate languages. Most differences between the two French varieties appear in vocabulary as Swiss French derives from Franco-provençal and German.


Standard French - Swiss French - English
Distributeur automatique de billets (m) - bancomat (m) - ATM
Publicité (f) - réclame (f) - advertisement
Sac en plastique (m) - cornet (m) - plastic bag
Chewing-gum (m) - chiquelette (m) - chewing-gum
Désordre (m) - chenis (m) - mess
Grenier (m) - galets (m) - attic
Étagère (f) - tablard (m) - shelf
Pluie (f) - roye (f) - rain
Flaque (f) - gouille (f) - puddle
Couette (f) - duvet (m) - blanket
Pissenlit (m) - dent de lion (m) - dandelion
Sèche-cheveux (m) - fœhn (m) - hairdryer
Nettoyer - poutzer - to clean
Faire la fête - faire la noce - to party
À tes/vos souhaits - santé - bless you (after sneezing)

Other notable differences are the names for numbers 70, 80, 90. In France they are called soixante-dix, quatre-vingts, quatre-vingt-dix, meanwhile in Switzerland that are called simply septante, huitante, nonante. Other names of the meals are used as well: France: le petit déjeuner, le déjeuner, le dîner.

Switzerland: le déjeuner, le dîner, le souper.

Please let me know if there are any mistakes!

Leprechaun romance is split into three groups; Tittilating, Rupugnant and Lassitudinous. Within each of these groups, there are Tasteful Nonants, Distasteful Nonants and Pure Nonants. The tastefulness or purity of a Nonant defines how well it contributes toward an end goal of homosexual reproduction. Because that system is built into the Leprechaun mentality and can not be effectively described in the English language, I have split the Nonants into groups. A relationship may have more than one Nonant associated to it, but the accumulative points for that relationship must reach 9 or over for reproduction to become a viable option. Tasteful Nonants require dedication or work, maybe even skill to keep consistent and stable, whereas Distasteful Nonants are easy to fulfil but looked down upon by the general Leprechaun community. A Leprechaun may not have more than one relationship with the same points value.

Fortenant Lassitudinous/Tasteful – Value 2

A Fortenantly romantic group of Leprechauns are drawn together by luck. A Leprechaun may be luckier when with their Fortenant or simply have the luck to meet them often. If, by low chance, they do not indirectly cause the deaths of their other Fortenants, there is high potential for compatible reproductive activity. The Leprechauns may even like one another.

Dolleration Repugnant/Distasteful – Value 1

Dolleration is the romantic subject of Trickery, slight of hand and exploitation. Nothing makes a Leprechaun more attracted to another by victimising/being victimised by the cruel and gentle hands of the con artist.

Dundercism Repugnant/Pure – Value 3

This Nonant encompasses rage or covetous anger. A Leprechaun will build the bond of romance with another, and they will both revel in the splendour of their hatred for one another. This type of love can break once a particular desire has been fulfilled.

Petuliance Repugnant/Tasteful – Value 2

Bullying is as ancient an activity to Leprechauns as breathing. When a Leprechaun finds someone they can truly bully or allow to bully them, they know they have found something really special.

Heliatude Tittilating/Distasteful – Value 1

A Nonant of the magical degree. These trolls have fitting magical abilities/familiars/auras/any other magical bullshit that makes them more attractive or compatible for one another in any of the three ways.

Erostuency Tittilating/Pure – Value 3

The conventional sense of love. Leprechauns do not fully understand true love as trolls or humans do, but can have a deep yearning or affection for another Leprechaun.

Discordem Tittilating/Tasteful – Value 2

A Nonant that is integral to the Leprechaun relationship system. This encompasses the sacred activities of Jigging and Dancing. A highly exciting, disgusting or boring art form, if I do say so myself.

Weedership Lassitudinous/Distasteful – Value 1

When a Weedership forms around two Leprechauns, they are interwoven into the destinies of one another. Fate will bring the Leprechauns together or cause them to have a powerful effect on one another’s lives, for the good or for the bad.

Tepidatience Lassitudinous/Pure – Value 3

Tepidatience is a romance based entirely on time shenanigans. These Leprechauns are bound to travel through time for an annoyingly long time, never quite being somewhere practical for reproduction or conversation of any kind. However, they will have sex if need be. If there’s a will, there’s a way.

I will expand and add more Nonants to the list depending on how well this is received.

euryalus  asked:

a french, a belgian and a swiss walk into a bar...

they team up to drag the swiss for their shitty french. pourquoi dis-tu “nonante”?? c'est quoi donc “huitante”, putain???? tu n'as pas honte, vilain?? un essai de révolutionner notre système de numération idiot dans une manière raisonnable mais un peu familière???? VADE RETRO

So I’m in Brussels

And let me tell you what, they speak a different French than I do!!!

Well, not exactly. I knew there were differences, and that they have a recognisable accent, but now that I discover it, it becomes interesting.

First, the accent: apparently it’s close to a Flemish (Belgian Dutch dialect) accent, and I can notice some of the recurring features

  • they have some long vowels (standard French doesn’t)
  • /ʀ/ and sometimes even /χ/ (instead of /ʁ/)
  • they don’t use /ɥ/, they use /w/ instead: pluie is pronounced /plwi/ instead of /plɥi/
  • they pronounce the -t in vingt all the time, when it’s only pronounced for the liaison and in numbers from 21 to 29 in standard French (NB: a friend of mine from Strasbourg does the same, so maybe it’s a northern feature)

Now to the vocab and phrases I’ve noticed (non exhaustive list):

  • use of fort instead of très and beaucoup (’very’ and ‘lots/many/much’)
  • use of septante and nonante instead of soixante-dix and quatre-vingt-dix
  • un kot /kot/ is a little student accomodation - un cokoteur is a room/flatmate (colocataire in standard French)
  • un GSM is obviously a cell phone (un portable, un mobile in standard French)
  • use of tantôt instead of tout à l’heure
  • use of aller alone instead of y aller - “je vais aller” for “je vais y aller” (I’m about to go/leave)
  • use of postposer instead of reporter (to postpone)
  • use of s’il vous/te plaît instead of 1) tenez/tiens/voici (’here, take this’) or 2) de rien/je vous/t’en prie… or 3) pardon/comment ? (’what? can you repeat?’)
  • …and last but not least…
  • use of ça va instead of d’accord/ok/ça marche/ça roule/etc. - which is highly disturbing at first when someone ends their sentence witha little “ça va ?” and you’re like “euh oui ça va, et vous ?” … and you look dumb

So here for my first week of French from Brussels/Belgium experience :D

Leprechaun romance is split into three groups; Titillating, Repugnant and Lassitudinous. Within each of these groups, there are Tasteful Nonants, Distasteful Nonants and Pure Nonants. The tastefulness or purity of a Nonant defines how well it contributes toward an end goal of homosexual reproduction. Because that system is built into the Leprechaun mentality and can not be effectively described in the English language, I have split the Nonants into groups. A relationship may have more than one Nonant associated to it, but the accumulative points for that relationship must reach 9 or over for each of the two innermost rings, for reproduction to become a viable option. Tasteful Nonants require dedication or work, maybe even skill to keep consistent and stable, whereas Distasteful Nonants are easy to fulfil but looked down upon by the general Leprechaun community. A Leprechaun may not have more than one relationship with the same points value.

RELATIONSHIP FOUNDATION/CREATION

Fortenant Lassitudinous/Tasteful – Value 2

A Fortenantly romantic group of Leprechauns are drawn together by luck. A Leprechaun may be luckier when with their Fortenant or simply have the luck to meet them often. If, by low chance, they do not indirectly cause the deaths of their other Fortenants, there is high potential for compatible reproductive activity. The Leprechauns may even like one another.

Manuplicitation Lassitugnant – Value 1.5

A particular skill of manipulation can be very prominent in some Leprechauns, and completely non-existent in others.

Dolleration Repugnant/Distasteful – Value 1

Dolleration is the romantic subject of Trickery, slight of hand and exploitation. Nothing makes a Leprechaun more attracted to another than by victimising/being victimised by the cruel and gentle hands of the con artist.

Robberism Repugnant/Naughty – Value 2

Stealing is simply the birthright of the Leprechaun.

Dundercism Repugnant/Pure – Value 3

This Nonant encompasses rage or covetous anger. A Leprechaun will build the bond of romance with another, and they will both revel in the splendour of their hatred for one another. This type of love can break once a particular desire has been fulfilled.

Smachination Repugnant/Nice – Value 2.5

Violence is a core part of every Leprechaun’s life, but when you start using it as a basis for a relationship, things get iffy.

Petuliance Repugnant/Tasteful – Value 2

Bullying is as ancient an activity to Leprechauns as breathing. When a Leprechaun finds someone they can truly bully or allow to bully them, they know they have found something really special.

Pentagorum Repugillating – Value 1.5

If a Leprechaun has magic, you can be sure they’re going to use it and not always for the better. In fact, rarely for the better. How do you use a curse for a good cause, I ask you?

Heliatude Tittilating/Distasteful – Value 1

A Nonant of the magical degree. These Leprechauns have fitting magical abilities/familiars/auras/any other magical bullshit that makes them more attractive or compatible for one another in any of the three ways.

Lumpment Tittilating/Naughty – Value 2

Pure, no strings attached and unfiltered sex for the sake of sex. If love becomes a factor, don’t come crying to me.

Erostuency Tittilating/Pure – Value 3

The conventional sense of love. Leprechauns do not fully understand true love as trolls or humans do, but can have a deep yearning or affection for another Leprechaun.

Duetilatience Tittilating/Nice – Value 2.5

The power of music is surprisingly potent in the Leprechaun love. What do they say? Music is the window to the soul. Yes. I’m pretty sure that’s it.

Discordem Tittilating/Tasteful – Value 2

A Nonant that is integral to the Leprechaun relationship system. This encompasses the sacred activities of Jigging and Dancing. A highly exciting, disgusting or boring art form, if I do say so myself.

Compalision Tittitudinous – Value 1.5

Clashing personalities can be just as powerful when it comes to Leprechaun relationships as fitting ones.

Weedership Lassitudinous/Distasteful – Value 1

When a Weedership forms around two Leprechauns, they are interwoven into the destinies of one another. Fate will bring the Leprechauns together or cause them to have a powerful effect on one another’s lives, for the good or for the bad.

Moirallegiance Lassitudinous/Naughty – Value 2

Similar to Trolls, Leprechauns have an important bond that demands they are together.

Tepidatience Lassitudinous/Pure – Value 3

Tepidatience is a romance based entirely on time shenanigans. These Leprechauns are bound to travel through time for an annoyingly long time, never quite being somewhere practical for reproduction or conversation of any kind. However, they will have sex if need be. If there’s a will, there’s a way.

Ruthlossitude Lassitudinous/Nice – Value 2.5

This is the practice of creating, or the love of nature. It is possibly the rarest of the Nonants. It involves bringing out things in other Leprechauns, such as emotion or activities.

POSSIBLE RELATIONSHIP COMPLETION SCENARIOS

These are basically all of the various types of relationships that Leprechauns are shown to have once they reach the point of possible reproduction. To do this, they need to have 9 points in the innermost ring of nonants and 9 in the second. Every complete state has a positive and negative side, linked but not directly connected to the feelings of love and hate. Each positive and negative has an alpha stage and a beta stage. A relationship can have Nonants from any of these states, but cannot have both light and dark Nonants from the same Alpha or Beta stage.

Manuplicitation – Alpha Light

The Leprechauns express their bond of bored repulsion by manipulating others to help them and benefit others, making the best of both individuals’ sets of skills. They will spend time doing this, while also dipping in and out of Fortenant and Dolleration stages.

Manuplicitation – Alpha Dark

Both Leprechauns enjoy tricking and pranking others, with the persuit of gaining power or whatever it is that they want. Often, a vendetta will be taken into account, or simple dislike for another person. Maybe they do it just for the fun of it. Who knows? Their relationship grows stronger through the misery of others, and isn’t that all that counts?

Manuplicitation – Beta Light

The pair will play pleasant and quaint tricks on one another, subtle pranks that both enjoy. Anger will be expressed through these playful pranks, and neither Leprechaun will usually overstep the line.

Manuplicitation – Beta Dark

A strong coupling will rarely be taken into account. Both of these Leprechauns will frequently show anger and hurt by forcing that on their partner, usually without the partner’s knowledge. Murder and slaughter is never off the table between these unhappy two, but at least it stays between them.

Robberism – Alpha Light

A Leprechaun can always look to this couple to help them out with anything they may need. They look to each other for guidance and will go the way of Robin Hood on multiple occasions. Stealing from the rich and giving to the poor may seem an odd lifestyle, but these Leprechauns find it gets them in the mood for any sort of biznasty.

Robberism – Alpha Dark

If they’re going to be mass robbers, pillaging and taking what they want, giving nothing back, then at least they do it together. No Leprechaun coupling is stronger than one forged on a stolen couch.

Robberism – Beta Light

Oh, the joys that these two give one another when they find a missing coin that is playfully thrown back to them with a wink and a lusty smile. These leprechauns will find pleasure in taking things from one another, but only the little things. After all, what is a loved one for, if not that?

Robberism – Beta Dark

This is how bankruptcy starts, so be warned. It is usually a bad idea to be with a lover that will viciously and actively steal everything they can, whenever they can. It is not done in the spirit of fun, but of selfishness. Still, when you’re stealing those things right back and then some, it’s all fair game.

Smachination – Alpha Light

It’s all a game to these people, with no regard for who gets hurt. Love struck or hate stricken, they won’t touch one another in a harmful way. Wouldn’t dream of it. They’ll give whoever they find a titty twister, but they’ll have the courtesy to feel bad about it.

Smachination – Alpha Dark

The only thing worse than a genuinely awful Leprechaun who wants nothing more than to get a knife in your face is two Leprechauns who team up to do that very thing.

Smachination – Beta Light

A pinch, a thump in the arm for an insult. These Leprechauns are certainly not adverse to hurting one another, as long as it’s in a playful spirit.

Smachination – Beta Dark

This is one of the relationships where murder, or near murder at the very least, is common place. Whether they hate or love each other is more often irrelevant to these Leprechauns. All that matters is that their partner exists, and it’s their job to end that.

Pentagorum – Alpha Light

These two will happily curse you to eternal damnation if you steal a baby’s ice lolly, but are relatively harmless in any other sense. The relationship revolves around these little activities. They inject excitement into their lives.

Pentagorum – Alpha Dark

Woe betide anyone who meets these Leprechauns, for a curse is just what they will get. Doom is a strong word, but it will become an aspect of the lives of the people who know and like the couple.

Pentagorum – Beta Light

Leprechaun magic is odd, and you might want to keep a look out when a couple like this comes into view. Chances, they’ll be missing a body part or two, but they’ll be smiling about it.

Pentagorum – Beta Dark

Despite the usually extreme sex that these couple have, they tend to curse each other to death almost immediately.

Lumpment – Alpha Light

You know that couple that seems to always love everyone no matter what the world throws at them? Either they’re on weed, or they’re Lumpment Alpha Light Leprechauns.

Lumpment – Alpha Dark

Let’s just say these Leprechauns are not good to anyone. They will sexually abuse someone to keep that loving spark going.

Lumpment – Beta Light

This is, if anything, the most important stage for a successful Leprechaun relationship. Loving one another is something that can overcome most boundaries that face a couple.

Lumpment – Beta Dark

The things these two do in bed are not fit for explanation. It is said that when they were described in full detail to an over-curious human, his entire body literally imploded.

Duetilatience – Alpha Light

You know the people who just start randomly singing in movies and always seem to know what the other person is going to say, even though they never rehearsed it? These are those people.

Duetilatience – Alpha Dark

You ever heard the brown note? These Leprechauns probably can and will sing the brown note to you, and enjoy every minute of your pain.

Duetilatience – Beta Light

‘You and I, we finish each other’s-‘

‘-Sandwiches.’

Duetilatience – Beta Dark

You might be wondering how song can be used in a violent way towards a lover. I was curious once too. I don’t recommend trying to find out.

Compalision – Alpha Light

These Leprechauns always seem to fit in wherever they go. Everybody likes these Leprechauns. They’ve got something about them that is so appealing, you have no idea why.

Compalision – Alpha Dark

These are the really awful Leprechauns who nobody likes. You know the sort of people I’m taking about.

Compalision – Beta Light

Two Leprechauns could not be more in synch If they tried. It is so adorable at first, but then it begins to get sickening.

Compalision – Beta Dark

How such a different couple got together and made it this far, you have no idea. Maybe they’re just coasting off all the disgust sex that they have.

Moirallegiance – Alpha Light

Clearly, fate wanted you to meet this pair. They give out an odd sense that you were meant to meet them, as if it is all preordained. Maybe it is. Maybe you should avoid them at all costs.

Moirallegiance – Alpha Dark

I was right. You should avoid these lovers at all costs. They will wreak havoc on your destiny, or maybe they already have. It’s so hard to tell at this point.

Moirallegiance – Beta Light

From the moment they met, these Leprechauns were meant for one another. Their Love/Disgust/Boredom with their mate is so powerful that it astounds you and pretty much anyone else who happens to be watching.

Moirallegiance – Beta Dark

Some cruel god must rule the world if he/she decided to put these two together.

Ruthlossitude - Alpha Light

This is when Leprechauns spread life. They try and create it in others or in the natural world. These Leprechauns are usually pacifists, and have a peaceful demeanor.

Ruthlossitude - Alpha Dark

Love, creativity, life in general. These are the things that this duo will stamp out in their quest for lust.

Ruthlossitude - Beta Light

These Leprechauns are very good at bringing out the best in their partner.

Ruthlossitude - Beta Dark

These Leprechauns have a unique talent for turning their partner into a monster.

This was surprisingly hard to do, so please don’t send too much hate.  I wanted to make a solid relationship system for Leprechauns, since Hussie sort of copped out of it. I will not be adding to this, since this much was difficult enough. You can probably see I got a bit lazy towards the end.

L’histoire des “ sans-devenirs”


  Cette année-là, j’avais 21 ans et je ne voulais ni étudier ni travailler. Un mec m’avait dit un jour que j’avais un certain talent pour raconter des histoires. Mais je crois pas que je voulais devenir célèbre non plus. Je connaissais un tas d’autres mecs dans mon genre. J’étais pas un cas isolé. On était jeunes et narcissiques. Pour des raisons différentes, on avait un certain problème avec le concept de hiérarchie. Mais on était loin d’être des révolutionnaires. Juste une bande de chattes. Pas envie de vieillir et pas envie de travailler et de payer des taxes pour que le gouvernement puisse financer ses guerres. On avait pas envie des guerres. Mais on voulait profiter du mode de vie qui les créait et les faisait exister. On était pas des hippies ou quoique ce soit dans le style. Je te l’ai dit, on était juste un tas de chattes. Artistes, DJ’s, musiciens, peintres, écrivains, penseurs. Bien habillés et d’une certaine manière, bien éduqués aussi. Vivant chez nos parents ou survivant avec l’argent qu’ils nous donnaient mois après mois. Pas vraiment indépendants. Juste un gros tas de chattes.

On avait pas envie d’amour ou de mariage. Avoir une femme qui aurait pu nous faire agir ou juste penser comme des hommes aurait été la pire chose qui puisse jamais nous arriver. Certains parmi nous se le cachaient, mais on était aussi un peu pédés et c’était vraiment pas un problème. Je crois que l’idée de nous appeler les « sans-devenirs » était une bonne idée dans le genre. Il y avait un tas de trucs qu’on voulait pas devenir.
Personnellement, j’avais une certaine croyance envers les possibilités révolutionnaires. Je lisais Guy Debord, Étienne de la Boétie, Rimbaud, tout en rêvant de Jack Kerouac et d’ Allan Ginsberg. Tous ces mecs qui ont su refuser le plan que la société traçait pour eux et qui ont commencé à bâtir une nouvelle manière d’exister qui a perduré à travers les générations.
Mais le fait est que nous ne pouvions pas détruire ou changer l’ordre des choses parce que nous en faisions partie. Nous étions ceux qui faisaient tourner la machine. À l’heure où je diffuserais ce texte sur internet, je serais occupé à travailler sur mon MacBook Pro, assis sur le lit de mon colocataire à Paris. Sa petite amie est mannequin professionnelle. On aime sortir, faire la fête, aller au cinéma, manger des pizzas et des crasses… On est des consommateurs. Et on faisait partie de cette grosse machine capitaliste. On écoutait de vieux vinyles de Rock dans le style fin des années nonante. On était des produits de cette grosse machine capitaliste. Et dans l’idée de la détruire, il fallait aussi qu’on se détruise nous même. Cigarettes, sexe sans capotes et cocaïne étaient un peu comme les éléments de base de notre pack du débutant. On devait s’auto-détruire. Pas vite. À petit feux. On devait vivre vite et mourir jeune — peut-être. On devait se détruire avant de vieillir et de devenir toutes ces choses qu’on voulait pas devenir. Des travailleurs bien payés. Des prolétaires. Perdants leurs cheveux. Factures à payer. Choses qu’on voulait pas devenir. Les « sans-devenir ».

Mais on était pas du tout des suicidaires. Certains parmi nous étaient des rêveurs. On devait réinventer la vie. Peut-être qu’on pourrait continuer à faire de l’art jusqu’à ce qu’un des nôtres devienne riche et qu’on fabrique une île au milieu du triangle des Bermudes comme ils ont fait à Dubaï. Et il y aurait que des artistes sur cette île. Je sais pas.
Ce que je sais c’est qu’il y a eu la masse de gens comme moi avant dans l’histoire. Je ne suis pas le premier. Je ne serais pas le dernier, car c’est la définition même de la jeunesse. Tu dois essayer de changer le monde dans lequel t’es supposé te faire une place. Autrement tu vas juste vieillir. Gros et chauve. N’accepte jamais aucun plan tout tracé. Tu dois juste essayer.Et voilà l’histoire de ma génération.   


Cette année-là j’avais 21 ans. Mes parents se brisaient les os à travailler pour nourrir le capitalisme et pour nourrir le produit du capitalisme que j’étais. Quelque part, des gens crevaient de faim sous les bombes. Je pense pas qu’ils en avaient envie. Moi non plus. Mais le bus qui m’a amené de Bruxelles à Paris avait besoin du pétrole sous leurs villages c’est pour ça qu’ils ont dû crever.
On était tous libres, mais tant que l’autre moitié de la planète mourait pour notre liberté on jouissait d’une liberté criminelle. Avec le sang des mineurs congolais dans nos iPhone, les hurlements d’enfants syriens stridant dans le moteur de nos caisses. On devait se battre pour quelque chose d’autre.

Et voilà comment commence notre histoire. Toujours cette même putain d'histoire.

drool-is-love  asked:

The way numbers from 60 to 99 are spelled in french is based on an outdated system and it's overly complicated

from what i’ve seen this is faaaar from an unpopular opinion ;)

nah but while i’m used to it i agree that it’s ridiculously complicated, soixante (60) is still logical but after 70 it’s complete chaos… swiss people are far more logical than french people in that regard (they say septante, huitante and nonante instead of soixante-dix, quatre-vingt and quatre-vingt-dix WHY CAN’T WE USE THAT TOO)

send me an (un)popular opinion!

Numbers

Hey buddies,

In this “lesson” I am going to teach you how to write the French numbers correctly, orthographically speaking. This will be helpful for learners of all levels, ‘cause even if you think you know the French numbers, it is always tricky to write them, especially the biggest ones, things like when to use and when not to use a hyphen.

I’ll leave the most basic things to you, as you can google it easily and learn. So before reading this be sure you know at least how to say the basic numbers.

1.  Reform of French orthography

               There was a reform in the French orthography in 1990 that recommends that every cardinal number should use the hyphen to link the words in its composition (only cardinal numbers). Remembering that this is not mandatory, it is just a recommendation to make it easier to write the numbers and to be able to differ some numbers, in fractions, for example. The numbers can be written in both ways, considering the reform or not. (vingt et un or vingt-et-un)

2. Rules for cardinal numbers

(The rules that are going to be shown below does not take in consideration the reform from 1990)

2.1 Numbers 1 to 20

           These numbers have its own name, without following any rule. Just always remember to put an hyphen in dix-sept, dix-huit and dix-neuf.

2.2 Numbers 21 to 69

           These compound numbers use the multiples of 10 with the following number from one to nine. Just be careful that the numbers 21, 31, 41, 51 and 61 does not have a hyphen, they use the word ET instead.

21 : vingt et un

22 : vingt-deux

35 : trente-cinq

2.3 Numbers 70 to 99

           These are the most complicated ones for French learners as they don’t follow the normal logic of using multiples of 10. All of them are written with hyphen, linking both parts of the number, except for the number 71. Ex :

71 : soixante et onze

81 : quatre-vingt-un (this doesn’t follow the same logic as the numbers from 20 to 69, when we didn’t have a hyphen with the numbers 21, 31, etc.)

91 : quatre-vingt-onze (doesn’t follow the logic used in the number 71 either)

2.4 Numbers above 100

           These numbers does not take a hyphen, only the part that originally has the hyphen (number below 100). Ex :

101 : Cent un

118 : Cent dix-huit

200 : Deux cents

2008 : Deux mille huit.

2500000 : Deux millions cinq cent mille

OBS : - We put an S at the end of CENT only when there is nothing after it, like in 200, 300, 400, etc.

- The word mille is invariable, so always used WITHOUT the letter S at the end.

- Million, Milliard, Trillion, etc. take the plural form if they are preceded by a number higher than 1.

 3. Belgium

               In Belgium, the following multiples of 10 are used differently:

70: soixante-dix (FRA) — septante (BEL)

90: quatre-vingt-dix (FRA) — nonante (BEL)

               Of course, the following 9 numbers after each of these ones follow the same rule (ex: 75 - septante-cinq)

4. Ordinal numbers

               The general rule for ordinal numbers is that they follow the orthography used in their respective cardinal numbers, always adding -ième at the end.

17: dix-sept — dix-septième

21: vingt et un — vingt et unième

403: quatre cent trois — quatre cent troisième

Some observations:

1: premier

19: dix-neuf — dix-neuVième (the ordinal numbers finished by NEUF will always have the letter F changed by the letter V)

5: cinq — cinqUième (if the number finished in a Q, we put an U before -ième)

5. Fractions

               In fractions, there is a numerator, the one that goes on top of the fraction line and which is always cardinal, and there is the denominator, the one that goes below the fraction line and it is an ordinal number in the plural form Ex:

(exceptions are the first 3 fractions, having 2, 3 and 4 on the denominator, like shown below)

½: un demi

5/3: cinq tiers

9/4: neuf quarts

5/7: cinq septièmes

8/15: huit quinzièmes

14/25: quatorze vingt-cinquièmes

OBS: We do not use a hyphen to link the numerator to the denominator



Well, this was very long but I consider it very important and it’ likely that learners won’t know all these rules and exceptions. Hope you’ve liked it, see ya soon.

linguistisch  asked:

What would you say the main differences between the French of France and Belgian French are?

There aren’t that many differences, not as many as between France and Québec for instance. Let’s see.

Numbers : they use septante instead of soixante-dix and nonante instead of quatre-vingt-dix (they do use quatre-vingt though)

Belgians often use savoir when French people would say pouvoir:

Tu sais venir chez moi doesn’t mean do you know how to come to my place but can you come to my place. That was probably the weirdest thing I heard and it was very confusing at first but the context helps you understand and now I still don’t use it but it sounds pretty ‘normal’ to me.

Ca va. In France, you tend to use it when referring to health but in Belgium people use it all the time to say it’s ok, it’s fine, no problem. I remember making an appointment on the phone and saying, oui bien sûr pas de problème and the person still asked ça va ? to confirm that I agreed/understood.

The name of meals is a little different : in France you have le petit déjeuner in the morning, le déjeuner at 12 and le dîner in the evening. In Belgium, in the morning you have le déjeuner, le dîner at 12 and le souper in the evening. I didn’t really mind that one because it’s the same in the region I’m from in France. The most depressing thing for a food-obsessed French person like me is the fact that you don’t have a hot meal for munch but a sandwich, which they call une tartine. Yet another confusing thing because in France une tartine is more like toast, a slice of bread with butter and jam that you have for breakfast. And a lunchbox in Belgium is une boîte à tartines

There are some other words with a different meaning but it’s usually easy to understand :

Sonner means appeler or téléphoner 

A tantôt” means “à tout à l’heure” or “à plus tard”

And then there are words that I had never heard before in my life such as une rawette (a little extra of something)  

School vocabulary is a little strange at first too, for instance une farde,would be un classeur in France (folder, binder), un plumier would be une trousse (pencil case) and la plasticine would be la pâte à modeler (playdough)

Some words also come from Flemish words, for instance kot, means a student lodging, not exactly like a dorm because it’s privately owned. This leads to the verb kotter and the noun kotteur and your roommate is your coketteur or cokotier (which sounds like cocotier, coconut tree ^^)

And of course a lot of administrative vocabulary is different like the mayor is called le maire in France but le bourgmestre in Belgium, the mayor’s deputies are called adjoints au maire in France and échevins in Belgium and the city hall is called la mairie in France and la commune in Belgium.

All in all and apart from the administrative stuff, I don’t think there is much of a difference, especially when you think of all the regional expressions you can find in France. 

anonymous asked:

In the parts of Belgium and Switzerland where they speak french they don't say "quatre vingt dix neuf" they say "nonante neuf" which translates literally to "ninety nine" or "on est pas fous et avons décidé d'avoir un système numérique fonctionnel" and I think that's great !

I aCTUALLY DIDNT KNOW THEY SAID IT DIFFERENTLY THAN FRANCE. interesting

Mot du jour

Quatre-vingt-dix.
Alors en Suisse, on dit nonante. A part à Genève je crois. Donc je devrais dire nonante comme tout Suisse normalement constitué de globules blancs et rouges. Mais depuis quelques temps, j'ai intégré “quatre-vingt-dix” à mon langage.
Normalement j'ai pas trop besoin de ce nombre. Mais il est subitement devenu l'expression type qui veut dire “ un nombre incalculable de fois. " 

Je sais pas trop d'où ça vient, ni pourquoi, c'est une expression qui m'est venue de fil en aiguille, personne ne l'utilise autour de moi et ça fait assez rire les gens qui m'entourent quand je dis ” Mais, franchement, il l'a montré au moins quatre-vingt-dix fois, c'est fou. “ Quatre-vingt-dix, c'est pas énorme. C'est moins que cent (au cas où vous en doutiez encore). Et même une centaine c'est déjà pas beaucoup. 
La combinaison de trois chiffres doit faire que le mot parait énorme. Que j'ai l'impression qu'on peut peupler la terre entière et deux trois autres planètes au passage avec 90 personnes. 

Quatre-vingt-dix, c'est un petit toc de langage. Quatre-vingt-dix c’est joli comme mot. Je vais repeupler le langage des gens et remodeler leurs expressions avec quatre-vingt-dix. 

Sur ce je vous laisse, je vais finir les quatre-vingt-dix livres que j’ai à lire et les quatre-vingt-dix textes que j’ai à écrire,
Samère