How to Learn Cajun French


Cajun French is a dialect of the French language that is almost exclusively spoken in Louisiana. The dialect, also known as Louisiana Regional French, was created after French settlers set up residence in what is now Louisiana in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The best ways to learn Cajun French, like with any language, is to use online tutorials to learn vocabulary words and grammar rules, to use study guides and textbooks to do language exercises and to meet with a teacher or tutor.

Things You'll Need

  • Cajun French dictionary
  • Cajun French textbooks
  • Visit the free online Cajun learning course offered by Tulane University in New Orleans. The website features units and lessons containing a glossary of vocabulary words, an audio tool to learn proper pronunciation, cultural lessons as well as games and other learning activities. Get started with "Click here to begin Lesson One," where you will learn to introduce yourself, learn to say where you're from and how to say the names of French towns and parishes.

  • Buy or borrow books on the Cajun French language. Some options are a Cajun French dictionary, which gives the English-to-Cajun French translations of words, or Cajun French textbooks, which offer lessons on learning the language as well as activities and assignments to complete to help the language sink in.

  • Find a native Cajun French speaker, instructor or tutor to help you improve your language skills. Some places to look for an instructor or tutor are your local college or university or tutoring center. You can also look on social networking websites like Facebook or MySpace to find Cajun French speakers to chat and become friends with. Talk with this person as much as possible in Cajun French to hone your language skills and so they can help you improve and sound as fluent and natural as possible.

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