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When In French

Author : Lauren Collins
ISBN : 9780698191075
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A language barrier is no match for love. Lauren Collins discovered this firsthand when, in her early thirties, she moved to London and fell for a Frenchman named Olivier—a surprising turn of events for someone who didn’t have a passport until she was in college. But what does it mean to love someone in a second language? Collins wonders, as her relationship with Olivier continues to grow entirely in English. Are there things she doesn’t understand about Olivier, having never spoken to him in his native tongue? Does “I love you” even mean the same thing as “je t’aime”? When the couple, newly married, relocates to Francophone Geneva, Collins—fearful of one day becoming "a Borat of a mother" who doesn’t understand her own kids—decides to answer her questions for herself by learning French. When in French is a laugh-out-loud funny and surprising memoir about the lengths we go to for love, as well as an exploration across culture and history into how we learn languages—and what they say about who we are. Collins grapples with the complexities of the French language, enduring excruciating role-playing games with her classmates at a Swiss language school and accidently telling her mother-in-law that she’s given birth to a coffee machine. In learning French, Collins must wrestle with the very nature of French identity and society—which, it turns out, is a far cry from life back home in North Carolina. Plumbing the mysterious depths of humanity’s many forms of language, Collins describes with great style and wicked humor the frustrations, embarrassments, surprises, and, finally, joys of learning—and living in—French. From the Hardcover edition.

When In French Love In A Second Language

Author : Lauren Collins
ISBN : 9780008100605
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A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR ‘Talking to you in English’, he said, ‘is like touching you with gloves.’

French Lessons

Author : Lauren Collins
ISBN : 0008100624
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My Life In French

Author : Lauren Collins
ISBN : 0008100594
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âe~Talking to you in Englishâe(tm), he said, âe~is like touching you with gloves.âe(tm) A language barrier is no match for love. New Yorker journalist Lauren Collins discovers this first-hand when, in her early thirties, she moves to London and falls for Olivier, a Frenchman. As their relationship begins to grow, Lauren senses that there are things she doesnâe(tm)t understand about Olivier, having never spoken to him in his mother tongue. (Does âe~I love youâe(tm) even mean the same thing as âe~je tâe(tm)aimeâe(tm)?) And when they move to French-speaking Geneva, Lauren suddenly finds herself no longer able to talk to the local handymen or shop owners, let alone her husbandâe(tm)s parents. Fearful of one day finding herself unable to communicate with her own children, Lauren decides to learn French. Along the way, she faces a series of challenges, from awkward role-playing games at her Swiss language school, to accidentally telling her mother-in-law that sheâe(tm)s given birth to a coffee machine. But there are also unexpected pleasures: the delights of learning French words that have no English equivalent and the joys of winning her first argument against Olivier in his native tongue. A funny, thoughtful memoir, When in French considers how language shapes our lives, from how we think, to how we fall in love, and what happens when two languages, and two very different cultures, collide.

When In French

Author : Lauren Collins
ISBN : 1683243013
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"When journalist Lauren Collins moved to Geneva, Switzerland, she decided to learn French in order to be closer to her French husband and his family. Her hilarious and idiosyncratic memoir about the things we do for love is an exploration across cultures and history into how we learn languages, and what they say about who we are"--

French Lessons

Author : Alice Kaplan
ISBN : 9780226424194
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Raised the daughter of a Jewish lawyer who prosecuted Nazi war criminals, Alice escapes into another world via the French language and culture yet finds, through deconstructionist history, the existence of French fascism, and ultimately her intellectual coming of age. Reprint.

Bonjour Kale

Author : Kristen Beddard
ISBN : 9781492630050
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A memoir of love, life, and recipes from the woman who brought kale to the City of Light The story of how one expat woman left her beloved behind when she moved to France-her beloved kale, that is. Unable to find le chou kale anywhere upon moving to the City of Light with her new husband, and despite not really speaking French, Kristen Beddard launched a crusade to single-handedly bring kale to the country of croissants and cheese. Infused with Kristen's recipes and some from French chefs, big and small (including Michelin star chef Alain Passard) Bonjour Kale is a humorous, heartfelt memoir of how Kristen, kale, and France collide.

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