Old French: How To Speak It
Travelling is the general movement of humans between various distant geographic locations. Travelling can be done by car, bike, foot, train, plane, boat, train, bus, bicycle or any other means and is one way of getting around town or across the world. If you’ve ever gone on a vacation, you’ve probably taken some sort of tour in a city and maybe made a stop at some place that you didn’t know much about. While the city you visited may have great architecture and sights to see, it may not be where you’re going in the future and that’s what travelling is all about, getting around and exploring different areas of interest.
When you hear the word “travelling” what comes to mind? If it’s about moving from one place to another, then the obvious choices are flying to another city or even taking a train to a new place. But there is another option besides moving to another location and that is travelling from one place to another, within the same country. It may sound unusual but it’s actually a pretty common practice that has been around for hundreds of years.
In United States, Canada and several European countries, it is customary to travel from point A to point B. While this is referred to as travel, it differs greatly from vehicle travel where you arrive and typically stay at whatever destination you’ve arrived at, including hotels, restaurants and sightseeing destinations. With a little more modernity, most people arrive by train and prefer the American English preferred spelling of the verb: travel. This spelling is preferred wherever travelers are heading towards or are from Europe or North America.
The spelling of the word “travel” varies slightly depending on whether you’re traveling by road or by air. When traveling by road, most spelling rules follow the standard rules of American English, which is to write the word as “travel” followed by the final letter of the noun: “the”. When traveling by air, the spelling is still done as “travel” with the final letter of the subject omitted (the “u”). For example, if you’re traveling from Canada to the United States, the spelling is “the Canadian way”. On the other hand, if you’re traveling from France to the United States, the spelling is “le” (without the “u”).
The preferred spelling in American English for travelling between countries is “travel” while the spelling for traveling within a country is “traveling”. Other variations include “journeys” or “drive”. The word journey comes from the Latin root “jume” meaning “one going”. So journeys is an interpretation of what you are actually doing – going from one place to another. Most commonly, journeys are done between places, though sometimes it’s done within a country or two. However, when traveling within a country, the most common form of travel is across the continent.
If you’re traveling somewhere else by land, you can easily get around by asking someone for directions. However, if you’re traveling by sea, then getting directions would be almost impossible because directions aren’t really that well known in old French. Therefore, the best way to learn how to speak old French is to read books about old French. There are many books written in this language that will help you get a handle on the language. You can also visit some of the old French speaking websites online to gain a better idea of the language and the way it’s used.