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Introduction to Picard

Catédrale Anmyin
Catédrale Anmyin

spread of Picard
(Picard, Chti, Rouchi, ...)

Picard is a Romance language.

M. et Mme Goliath, Ath, Belgium

Picard is a language or a set of languages closely related to French, and as such is one of the larger group of Romance languages. It is spoken in one region in the far north of France (Hauts-de-France) and in parts of the Belgian region of Wallonia, the district of Tournai (Wallonie Picarde) and a part of the district of Mons (toward Tournai and the Belgian border).

Picard is known by several different names. Residents of Picardy simply call it picard, but it is more commonly known as chti or chtimi in the south part of French Flanders (around Lille and Douai) and in North-East Artois (around Béthune and Lens), or rouchi around Valenciennes; or simply as patois by Northerners in general. Linguists group all of them under the name Picard. In general, the variety spoken in Picardy is understood by speakers in Nord-Pas-de-Calais and vice versa.

The lessons in this method are in Feller-Carton spelling. Some texts will give information upon dialect pronunciations (with the adapted spelling for this context).


Introduction to Picard
Picard / Prumier nivieu
Picard / Sgond nivieu

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