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Flirting with French
Author: William Alexander

ISBN: 9781616200206
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 16 September 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 14.5 x 2.5
Description:
William Alexander is more than a Francophile. He wants to be French. There's one small obstacle though: he doesn't speakla 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 Academie 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.<...

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