“A pleasant and brave story and a romping solid 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 drawback although: he doesn’t communicate la langue française. In Flirting with French, Alexander units out to overcome 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 all types of fallacious 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 begins to wonder if he should’ve taken up golfing rather than French. whereas enjoying hooky from grammar classes and reminiscence suggestions, Alexander experiences at the riotous workings of the Académie française, the four-hundred-year-old establishment charged with holding the language natural; explores the technological know-how of human conversation, studying why it’s tougher for fifty-year-olds to benefit a moment language than it truly is for five-year-olds; and, pissed off together with his growth, explores an IBM examine lab, the place he trades barbs with a futuristic handheld translator.
Does he achieve turning into fluent? Readers could be as shocked as Alexander is to find that, in a desirable twist, learning French can have had a miles larger impression on his existence than truly 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 equivalent to 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 the entire unforeseen hindrances, magnificent breakthroughs and moments of elegant excitement touring brings.” —Julie Barlow, writer of Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be flawed