By William Alexander
“A pleasant and brave story and a romping stable learn. Voila!” —Mark Greenside, writer of I’ll by no means Be French (No topic What I Do)
William Alexander is greater than a Francophile. He desires to be French. There’s one small predicament notwithstanding: he doesn’t communicate la langue française. In Flirting with French, Alexander units out to beat the language he loves. yet will it love him back?
Alexander eats, breathes, and sleeps French (even conjugating in his dreams). He travels to France, the place mistranslations ship him bicycling off in every kind of mistaken instructions, and he approximately drowns in an immersion type in Provence, the place, confronted with the riddle of masculine breasts, female beards, and a turkey cutlet of doubtful gender, he starts off to wonder if he should’ve taken up golfing rather than French. whereas taking part in hooky from grammar classes and reminiscence thoughts, Alexander stories at the riotous workings of the Académie française, the four-hundred-year-old establishment charged with conserving the language natural; explores the technological know-how of human verbal exchange, studying why it’s more durable for fifty-year-olds to profit a moment language than it really is for five-year-olds; and, pissed off along with his development, explores an IBM study lab, the place he trades barbs with a futuristic hand held translator.
Does he reach turning into fluent? Readers can be as shocked as Alexander is to find that, in a desirable twist, learning French could have had a much larger effect on his lifestyles than really studying to talk it ever would.
“A mixture of ardour and neuroscience, this literary love affair deals shock insights into the human mind and the advantages of studying a moment language. studying William Alexander’s publication is such as having an MRI of the soul.” —Laura Shaine Cunningham, writer of Sleeping Arrangements
“Alexander proves that studying a brand new language is an event of its own--with all of the unforeseen hindrances, wonderful breakthroughs and moments of chic excitement touring brings.” —Julie Barlow, writer of Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be unsuitable
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