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"Usefull languages" and Jingoism, too

From:Clint Jackson Baker <litrex1@...>
Date:Friday, February 15, 2002, 15:00
And the French and Americans finally find they have
something in common... if only they could tell each
other! c:<


--- Christophe Grandsire
<christophe.grandsire@...> wrote:
> En réponse à Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>: > > > > > Had we had such difficulties in the _gymnasium_ > (roughly = high school), > > our > > teachers would've been very worried. Here at Uni, > you're simply expected > > to > > be able to speak and read English without problem. > > > > He he, that's the main difference between France and > other countries: in > France, you're still not expected to speak any > English, as people still suppose > that you will stay in France for the rest of your > life and never have to have > access to English written material or to speak > English. In France, it's even > considered chic *not* to speak any English. People > who speak English are > considered lower in the unspoken hierarchy that > makes the French society than > people of the same background but speaking no > English. I know it sounds > extremely strange, but it's true, and I've seen that > a lot! > > Christophe. > > > > Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else > play the leading role.
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