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Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart by William Alexander“A delightful and courageous tale and a romping good read. Voila!” —Mark Greenside, author of I’ll Never Be French (No Matter What I Do)
William Alexander is more than a Francophile. He wants to be French. There’s one small obstacle though: he doesn’t speak la langue française. In Flirting with French, Alexander sets out to conquer the language he loves. But will it love him back?
Alexander eats, breathes, and sleeps French (even conjugating in his dreams). He travels to France, where mistranslations send him bicycling off in all sorts of wrong directions, and he nearly drowns in an immersion class in Provence, where, faced with the riddle of masculine breasts, feminine beards, and a turkey cutlet of uncertain gender, he starts to wonder whether he should’ve taken up golf instead of French. While playing hooky from grammar lessons and memory techniques, Alexander reports on the riotous workings of the Académie française, the four-hundred-year-old institution charged with keeping the language pure; explores the science of human communication, learning why it’s harder for fifty-year-olds to learn a second language than it is for five-year-olds; and, frustrated with his progress, explores an IBM research lab, where he trades barbs with a futuristic hand-held translator.
Does he succeed in becoming fluent? Readers will be as surprised as Alexander is to discover that, in a fascinating twist, studying French may have had a far greater impact on his life than actually learning to speak it ever would.
“A blend of passion and neuroscience, this literary love affair offers surprise insights into the human brain and the benefits of learning a second language. Reading William Alexander’s book is akin to having an MRI of the soul.” —Laura Shaine Cunningham, author of Sleeping Arrangements
“Alexander proves that learning a new language is an adventure of its own--with all the unexpected obstacles, surprising breakthroughs and moments of sublime pleasure traveling brings.” —Julie Barlow, author of Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong
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15 Funny French Phrases That'll Make You Giggle
My partner and I are visiting Paris next week for a long weekend. We have never been to Paris before and we are really looking forward to it. I have been looking at some of the posts with ideas and suggestions about favourable locations and they have been very helpful. I have heard though, on a number of occassions, that French just do not speak English. That's not to say they can not speak English, but that they refuse to!
What happens when your neighbors decide to have an electro party at 3 a. In actuality, however, this funny French phrase actually means to stop bluffing! This is the French we are talking about, so of course somewhere in this article there had to be a reference to traditional French food. Simply to do something ridiculous! Having some trouble speaking? Try using these French phrases in conversation — the more you practice using them, the more natural they will start to become.
Despite all the protestations you hear from Big Tech, there is a simple privacy law that makes sense without destroying the tech industry. Let me explain, but first, for co I guess it depends of the circumstances. British Accent sounds classy in French. It is pleasant.
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One of the things that I learned when Julie and I turned our attention internationally to go waterfalling is that travel is all about building bridges between your own perception of the world and what actually happens in the real world. And so I realized that one of the best ways to build this bridge is to try to learn the local language as this would help me to keep an open mind and be prepared to expand my horizons as I went. Besides, I feel that trying to speak the local language no matter how awkward it might be at first goes a long way towards being encouraged as well as being greeted with kindness. Admittedly, my motivation to at least take the initiative to learn the language probably stemmed from an incident where Julie and I were in a bit of trouble when we tried to take the public transportation to see a waterfall in Tahiti. Fortunately for us, the bus drivers were friendly and did what they could to help. I could only imagine how much easier the whole experience would have been had we at least been able to speak a few sentences of French.
Despite all the protestations you hear from Big Tech, there is a simple privacy law that makes sense without destroying the tech industry. Let me explain, but first, for co From my limited experienced, I found the reactions significantly different depending on where I was. During my one month in France, I spent two weeks in Paris on two separate occasions at the beginning and at the end of my trip. I feel that my answer will have understandable reasoning. In Paris I got two reactions: complete ignorance, or a half-hearted smile. I have never studied French.