Indian French

Indian French
français indien
Native to Pondicherry
Native speakers
75,000 (date missing)
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog None

Maximum extent of French influence in India (1741–1754)

Indian French (French: français indien) is a dialect of French spoken by Indians in the former colonies of Puducherry and Chandannagar. In this dialect, there is a considerable influence from Dravidian languages like Tamil (Pondicherry Tamil dialect), Telugu (Yanam Telugu dialect) and Malayalam (Mahe Malayalam dialect).

There are several varieties of Indian French, corresponding to the former French colonies, as follows:

Examples of Indian French

Indian French spoken in Yanam only varies from standard French in pronunciation and accent. Some examples are,

Indian French Metropolitan French Meaning in English
Mérci Beauco Merci Beaucoup Thank you very much
Mousé Monsieur Mister/Sir
Locaele Locale Local
Perme Fermer Close
Parlama Parlement Parliament
Baccaloria Baccalauréat Baccalauréat (French secondary school diploma)
Sulda Soldat Colloquially: Indians with French citizenship
Literally: Soldier
Coseiyya Conseiller Councilor

See also


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