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Who Speaks Picard?

When people think of communicating with individuals in France, they most likely expect to hear the French language, as it is the primary language for over 130 million people.

However, France is also rich in a variety of dialects and minority languages. One such language is referred to as Picard.

Picard, also known as chti or chtimi, is a language that originated in the northeast of France and can be heard spoken in the French regions of Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, along with parts of Wallonia, Belgium, and the districts of Mons and Tournai.

Classified as one of the langues d’oïl (named after a principal dialect spoken in medieval France, which influenced today’s French language), Picard is from the Gallo-Roman branch of the original Romance languages and is sometimes referred to simply as Old French.

This language is often confused with French due to the common linguistic features and influences that Picard shares with the French language. Due to their many similarities, some people don’t even recognize Picard as a separate language from French, but rather a twist on the language, much like an accent.

Picard isn’t a language taught in schools today and remains primarily a regional spoken language used for informal communication, without a standardized written form.

Most individuals that still speak Picard as a first language are over the age of 50. It is rare for a younger person to speak Picard as their primary language.

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Even though the use of Picard has drastically declined over the years and it has been deemed a “seriously endangered language” by UNESCO, it still remains a very relevant language for over 700,000 people. With the assistance of TranslationServices.com, communicating in Picard is easier than ever.


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