If I say so myself my bathing suit was rather cute-cute from Columbia cute-so they do not believe in a lot of fabric and with me swimming in the waves there was no cooperation from the suit or the waves. So what does this have to do with the book-nothing and everything. I read the book at the beach in two sittings.
So at one point I was pulled down the shoreline and when I got out I see a woman reading a book-called The Girl you Left Behind. The cover looked good. I make a mental note and forget about it by the time I returned to my blanket. Later in the day I walk past again and the cover is folded over. I really want to know the title so I ask her.
We start talking and she tells me it is set in France. That leads to us talking for about an hour. She tells me she is married to a French man and has just returned from France. I want to be married to a French man. Sorry dear husband but a family in France just has a certain appeal to me. She tells me what her husband and her do for work and I tell her I know you. We were neighbors about 15 years ago. Life is funny.
So back to Flirting with French. I adored it. Just devoured it. Wait maybe I savoured it. A French person savours. Author Alexander is 58 and determined to learn French. The book tells the story of his attempt to learn French and the struggles he encounters.
What makes the book really interesting is his consulting with linguistic experts. This part of the book I found fascinating. Why is it that children can learn a second language so much easier than an adult? The reasons are numerous. For us we are not screwed but our chances are not as good. French is my second language so I found this part of the book quite interesting. In his speaking with a French person some of the advice he was given is you must think like a French person. This is true with regards to conversation-you still need to know how to say what you are going to say. But there is truth to acting like a French person if you want to speak French.
How did his adventure go-fun and painful. Alexander has a great sense of humour as he explains some of the different idioms. For good fortune the French say an ass full of noodles. (if you were to translate literally). Alexander takes all the typical steps...Rosetta stone, French immersion in France, meet up groups. I never knew you could find a partner to Skype with in a different language.
He tells a great story that is humorous and informative all at once.
This is my contribution to Dreaming in France hosted by Paulita at An Accidental Blog who also has a post about learning French.