La langue française
français nicholasien

Official status

(Not kingdom-wide official)

Official in

Wiki Nicholasland
(only in 5 autonomous countries)

(2010 est.)

  • Native: 713 000 (9.9%)
  • L1 + L2: 1 715 000 (23.8%)

Rank in ILN


Language family

Indo-European (Western Romance)

Writing system

Latin (French alphabet)

Regulated by

La Francophonie des pays imaginaires de Nicholas

French (le français [lə fʁɑ̃sɛ] or la langue française [la lɑ̃ɡ fʁɑ̃sɛz]) is a Romance language spoken as a first language in France. The variant spoken in the Imaginary Lands of Nicholas is known as the Nicholasien French (français nicholasien). Historically, upon the European Discovery of the Imaginary Lands of Nicholas, portions of the Imaginary Lands of Nicholas became colonies of France. With colonization and immigration from France, there is a significant population whose mother tongue is French in the Imaginary Lands. It is estimated about 8 - 12% of the entire Imaginary Lands of Nicholas speaks French as a first language, with about 15 - 25% with some knowledge of French.


French is not an official language in the Imaginary Lands of Nicholas, though it is recognized in some of its autonomous countries, especially those with a large French-speaking population, as an official language. They include Gravenhurst Region, City of Watersauga (excluding Port Run), Greater McCallister, Concord County and Pickering County. In particular, the Gravenhurst Region designated its primarily French-speaking cities as French Cultural Hubs in September 2012, to better protect the status of the language in the region (which constitutes to about 12% of the entire population) and to promote the culture in the region, in addition to encourage economic ties between French-speaking cities within the region.

The French language was also one of the primary causes to some separatism movements in the Imaginary Land of Nicholas, including the Bloc Borden based in Borden.

The use of French and the promotion of the language is regulated by La Francophonie des pays imaginaires de Nicholas, and local organizations where a French-speaking population is prominent. The function of the institute is also advised by l'Académie Française.

The language is celebrated on the Fête des Francophones, set on 18 February, to promote the usage of French.

Difference with Metropolitan FrenchEdit

While the French spoken in the Imaginary Lands of Nicholas is largely identical to Metropolitan French in terms of intonations, while some vocabularies differ significantly and unique to the ILN.



It is often noted by linguistic scholars that Nicholasien French sounds "flatter" than other varieties of French. In which, each syllable is sounded more clearly than other varieties of French, and the pronunciation of th "r" sound is less pronounced. As suggested by several linguistic studies, this is partially due to the influence of Cantonese and English, the other two official languages in the kingdom.


The following table denotes some vocabulary differences with Metropolitan French:

Nicholasien French Metropolitan French English translation
bureaux municipaux* hôtel de ville town hall
ajouter de l'essence* faire un effort make an effort
faire/aller shopping faire des courses to go shopping
éventuellement finalement eventually
dépanneur épicerie convenience store
inorganisé* non-organisé unorganised
  • * denote these vocabularies are unique to the ILN.

Places with a significant French PopulationEdit

The following lists subdivisions in the Imaginary Lands of Nicholas where the French speaking population is the largest language group in the division, or where French is one of the official language of the subdivision:

  • Concord (one of the official language) — 89%
  • Pickering (one of the official languages) — 68%

See alsoEdit

The Government of Gravenhurst Region also provides a French version of this wiki:

Languages in Nicholasland

Official writing systems: Traditional ChineseEnglish

Official Languages
(mandated in all autonomous countries)

Cantonese standardcreole (63%) • English (22%)

Regional Languages
(mandated in some autonomous countries)

French (8%) • Japanese (3%) • Putonghua (3%) • Arabic (< 1%) • Esperanto (< 1%) • Russian (< 1%) • Uyghur (< 1%)

Unrecognized Languages
(not official, but with significant number of speakers)

Korean (< 1%) • Portuguese (< 1%) • Spanish (< 1%) • German (< 1%) • Vietnamese (< 1%) • Dutch (< 1%)

Percentages in brackets denote the total number of mother tongues (2010 est.) of the specified language.