Aussie comedian Rob Catt and his English-speaking partner have started a new venture called ‘The Rob Caddy Podcast’ in the hope of turning the French accent into a universal one.
“I’ve been obsessed with French for a long time,” Rob said.
After years of struggling to get my accent back, I’ve finally decided to do something about it, and I want to get the word out to my audience that it is possible to get French back.
What is a ‘French accent’?
“French is a language that is very similar to English, but with a few very distinct differences,” Rob explained.
For example, the French pronunciation of ‘toujours’ (French for ‘hello’) is almost identical to the English ‘thou’.
“The French pronunciation is very simple, and you’re not likely to encounter a mistake,” he said.
“French pronunciation is also fairly easy to learn and is often used as a marker for communication between people.”
It’s often used to express a ‘yes’ or ‘no’, but also as a way to indicate a person’s attitude or state of mind.
You can use it to indicate ‘you have no interest in talking’ or to indicate that you are very tired or depressed.
“If you do misspell something, Rob suggests simply saying it in French, and if you don’t know the correct spelling, you can simply say it again and again.
It’s a very simple technique and can be done with little or no effort, and Rob and his partner are hoping to turn it into a worldwide movement.
‘The RobCaddy Podcast’, which will air on ABC Radio National, is expected to air on Monday, April 14 at 7:00pm.
Rob Catt says he hopes to get more people to get their French back with his ‘Rob Caddy podcast’ Rob says he’s already received many emails from people asking for help.
Some people have been very helpful and have offered to translate for him, he said, but Rob said he’s also been inundated with emails from overseas asking for advice on how to get rid of their French.
His new podcast will cover topics such as the pronunciation of the word ’boutique’, the pronunciation and usage of the French word for ‘couple’, the use of ‘la’ to mean ‘yes’, the pronunciations of ‘chou’ (a French verb meaning ‘to go’) and more.
If this sounds too good to be true, Rob says it is.
He hopes to be able to offer a list of the words that will be in the podcast, which he will post on his website as soon as it’s completed.
The RobCs podcast is currently in pre-production and Rob says he has plans to expand it over the coming months.