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French (jara: Introduction)

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Friday, January 10, 2003, 9:56
 --- Robert Hailman skrzypszy:

> > Grrr... my French heart is terribly wounded by this sentence! ;))) > > Seriously, you probably hate more the American way of teaching French > > than French itself (which has little to do with what those know-it-alls > > pretend it's like). By staying on this list, you'll learn soon enough > > about the "true" image of French, since it's one of the ever-returning > > subject of this list :)) . > > I used to be a rampant French-basher, but Christophe speaks the truth. > French does come up a lot on the list, and every time it does, I appreciate > it more. [...] It's really not the dull, useless language you learn in > school. > > Wait, am I defending French? WHAT HAS BECOME OF ME?!?!?
Same thing here. At school, I enjoyed reading French literature for its content, but I developed a strong disliking towards the language itself. When I worked in Luxemburg, I met the strange phenomenon that among 15 equally present nationalities, the French were well-represented on both sides of the scale of niceness: the nicest people, and the most boring, irritating and unpleasant people were largely French. When I shared an office with two incredibly stupid French ladies who categorically refused to speak any other language (which IMO is quite an offense in such a multinational environment), they drove me mad sometimes. I almost hated French back then. In the same period, I started to like German a lot, while I had always disliked it before. I think people are always an important factor in your judgment of a language. Well, France seems to be particularly rich in unpleasant people (no offense meant), but on the other hand, some of the best friends I've ever had are French. Interestingly, as soon as you start to like the people, you will start to like the language, too. Just take Christophe, the living proof that French people can be really nice, as an example! And well, beauty is a subjective thing of course, but no one can deny that French is an interesting language. After I started working on Wenedyk, I had to study some Latin, Vulgar Latin, and Old French, and this is the point where I fell in love a bit.
> Uh... erm... nasalized vowels still make me want to vomit. Or something like > that.
Then I don't advise you to look at Hattic. You would probably puke out your intestines ;) Jan ===== "Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts