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Louisiana French is a rich tapestry of the French that was spoken in the 18th Century by Acadian and French immigrants and the French and African Creoles who came to Louisiana from the West Indies. Add some Spanish, a few words from the local Native American tribes, a little African vocabulary and some English, and the result is the Louisiana French that is spoken by the majority of Francophones in this state.  As with all living languages that continue to evolve, the accent and expressions of Louisiana French are unique.

FRENCH IMMERSION EXCURSIONS: The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area hosts quarterly French Immersion Excursions for locals and visitors interested in fun opportunities to speak French. These popular day trips take participants throughout our 14-parish area and give them a chance to explore the natural and cultural resources while using French outside the classroom. These excursions are great for adults, college students, teens and kids who want to visit a unique part of Louisiana while practicing their language skills and meeting other francophones. Past excursions have offered paddling in Lake Martin and Bayou Teche, brewery tours, museum visits and song workshops. Click here to join our email list and receive updates about future French Immersion Excursions.

FRENCH LANGUAGE TEACHERS: The ANHA is also happy to help French teachers organize their own French-language field trips through this program. Click here for more information or to request a French-narrated, 7-minute DVD about the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area.

 


How do you Say...?

La cuisine

black-eyed peas ~ des fêves aux coeurs noirs
catfish ~ une barbue
coffee pot ~ une grègue
crab ~ une crabe
eggplant ~ une brème
grits ~ du gru
gumbo ~ un gombo
okra ~ du gombo, du févi
pecan ~ une pacane
popcorn ~ du tac-tac
pot ~ une chaudière
pumpkin ~ un giraumont
shrimp ~ une chevrette
sweet potato ~ une patate douce

Quelques mots

automobile ~ un char
Cajun ~ cadien, cadienne
dollar ~ une piastre
heavy downpour ~ une avalasse
here ~ icitte
now ~ asteur
photograph ~ un portrait
porch ~ une galerie
ready ~ paré
smoke ~ la boucane
zydeco ~ zarico

L’environnement

bald cypress ~ un cipre
cypress swamp ~ une ciprière
Louisiana iris ~ une glaie bleue
marsh ~ un ma”che
water lily ~ une pagogie

Les animaux 

alligator ~ un cocodrie 
ant ~ une fromille
bass ~ une perche
bullfrog ~ un ouaouaron
mockingbird ~ un moqueur
mosquito ~ un maringouin
raccoon ~ un chaoui
wild rabbit ~ un lapin farouche

Des verbes

to close ~ frêmer
to hear ~ attendre
to hope ~ souhaiter
to rain ~ mouiller
to think ~ jongler
to wait ~ espérer

 


FOR INFORMATION ON FRENCH CLASSES AND EVENTS:

 


Visit These Businesses That offer Services in French:

UPPER ATCHAFALAYA AREA

Mansura

BETWEEN TWO RIVERS AREA

Baton Rouge

Port Allen

BAYOU TECHE CORRIDOR AREA

Arnaudville

Breaux Bridge

Butte La Rose

  • Atchafalaya Welcome Center, 1908 Atchafalaya River Hwy.

Eunice

Henderson

Lafayette

New Iberia 

St. Martinville

COASTAL ZONE AREA

Pierre Part

  • Templet’s Market & Grocery 3602 Hwy. 70 South
  • D & M Seafood   4030 Hwy. 70 South

 

 

Atchafalaya National Heritage Area


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