French spelling is difficult and riddled with irregularities, even more so than English. Other romance languages such as Spanish have a much easier spelling system. But French uses an antiquated system preserved in formaldehyde by a body of 70 year olds known as the Académie Française, who rules on how French should be written and spoken. Set up under Louis XIV, this institution has frozen the language in an illogical orthograph where you can spell a given sound a 3, 4 or more different ways depending on the whims of history.


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