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Foreign languages in English stories - how to write? (French)
« on: August 26, 2006, 11:57:41 AM »
I've got a character who speaks very basic French with a bad English accent.

Two questions:

1) If I'm writing bits of French conversation in an English narrative, do I write them in italics?

2) Would it be better to show the bad accent by writing it phonetically in English, or write it with correct French spelling, and comment on the accent in the narrative?
        eg 'Eel ay tray bow eessee' or 'Il est tres beau ici,' he began, every long-drawn out vowel grating on the ear.

Or some such. (And yes, I know tres needs an accent, but there isn't a way of doing them on here.) 

What do people think? Thanks for your help.