The web-series “Crazy Grammar” is back with a new episode making fun of typical French grammatical mistakes when speaking English. Don’t get us wrong! Crazy Grammar is not intended to mock the French. This is a humorous way for the Université Paris-Saclay to convince its French students of the importance of taking English classes.
Crazy Grammar: how grammar may influence your everyday life!
Each episode of the web-series illustrates a typical mistake made by non-native English speakers through a funny situation, such as a date or a job interview. They demonstrate that a tiny error in tense, structure, expression, or pronunciation can have unexpected, embarrassing or even disastrous consequences.
Episode #2: a romantic date gets weird
The second episode of Crazy Grammar takes place in the middle of a date between an English-speaking woman and a French-speaking man. The latter repeatedly uses the same English grammar mistake leading to misunderstandings that will become more and more uncomfortable for our poor gentleman!
Episode #1: a failed job interview
The first video, called "The Candidate", follows a job interview where the accent becomes the focus, rather than the candidate’s skills. The candidate is creating confusing misinterpretations caused by his accent and the ‘h’ and ‘s’ regularly forgotten.
“Don’t miss your English class!”
Each episode ends on this baseline “don’t miss your English class!”. Indeed, the web-series Crazy Grammar is using clichés to make fun of the typical mistakes made by the French when speaking in English. This is a humorous way of making students aware of the importance of accurate English usage. As a student or member of the Université Paris-Saclay’s community, you can benefit from a large set of languages learning tools. Even if you are an English native speaker, you can help a non-English-native to improve his/her English skills, and at the same time improve your French!
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