posted by Simon Kemp
It’s quiz time again, and once again, there’s an opportunity to feel smug and superior by spotting mistakes made by French native speakers. Last time, we were hunting out grammatical errors that unfortunate French folk had decided to tattoo on their bodies for all eternity. This time is if anything even worse. The mistakes are in picture books aimed at teaching very young French children how to read.
Below are pages from five picture books, with one mistake in each image. Can you find them all? Answers at the bottom of the post.
(Hint: as is common when native speakers make mistakes, all the errors sound OK when you read them out loud, but are written wrongly on the page, rather like English speakers confusing their, there and they’re.)
Scroll down for answers…
- Should be ‘ils tendent le cou‘ (‘they stretch their necks out’).
- Should be ‘qu’il fasse moins chaud’ (‘until it gets cooler’).
- Should be ‘rassemble’ (‘gathers’).
- Should be ‘s’écrie’ (‘shouts out’). ‘S’écrit’ means ‘writes to himself’.
- Should be ‘histoires’ (stories).
Images borrowed from the French website Bescherelle ta mère (note: contains adult language!).