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Flirting with French

Adventures in Pursuit of a Language

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'He throws himself into learning to speak French with Gérard Depardieu-like gusto...  the appeal of Flirting With French is in the author's amiable dunderheadedness as he delves into the culture, with all its confounding contradictions' New York Times Book Review

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William Alexander is not just a Francophile, he wants to be French. It's not enough to explore the country, to enjoy the food and revel in the ambiance, he wants to feel French from the inside. Among the things that stand in his way is the fact that he can't actually speak the language.

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William Alexander is not just a Francophile, he wants to be French. It's not enough to explore the country, to enjoy the food and revel in the ambiance, he wants to feel French from the inside. Among the things that stand in his way is the fact that he can't actually speak the language.



Setting out to conquer the language he loves (but which, amusingly, does not seem to love him back), Alexander devotes himself to learning French, going beyond grammar lessons and memory techniques to delve into the history of the language, the science of linguistics, and the art of translation. Along the way, during his travels in France or following his passion at home, he discovers that not learning a language may be its own reward.

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Forlag
Duckworth
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780715649954
Utgivelsesår
2015
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

William Alexander is the bestselling author of two critically acclaimed books about the quest for the perfect garden The $64 Tomato and the perfect loaf of bread 52 Loaves.

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'He throws himself into learning to speak French with Gérard Depardieu-like gusto...  the appeal of Flirting With French is in the author's amiable dunderheadedness as he delves into the culture, with all its confounding contradictions' New York Times Book Review

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'Hilarious and touching, all the way to the surprise ending. In this "travelogue" about learning French, William Alexander proves that learning a new language is an adventure of its own - with all the unexpected obstacles, surprising breakthroughs and moments of sublime pleasure traveling brings' Julie Barlow, co-author of Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong

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'A light-hearted and humorous read. Anyone who has struggled to get to grips with becoming fluent in French will relate to this book. A recommended buy' Complete France

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'His quixotic resolve to transcend his inherent competence recalls the participatory journalism of George Plimpton, the lanky patrician whose unlikely stints in football and boxing lent nobility to failure. Like Plimpton, Mr. Alexander presents himself as an apprentice, but the reader quickly discovers he is also a master teacher' Wall Street Journal 

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'Beyond just being a fun way to escape to France via the author's entertaining adventures, Flirting with French gives us an incredible amount of detail about the history and origin of the French language' Belle Provence Travels

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'I could so relate to William Alexander's insecurities-and ecstasies-while pursuing his major crush: France and her seductive language. Reading Flirting with French motivates me to continue courting the language, no matter how often I'm stood up mid-sentence!' Kristin Espinasse founder of French-Word-A-Day.com

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'Funny, informative, well-written, Flirting with French is a delightful and courageous tale and a romping good read. Voila!Mark Greenside, author of I'll Never Be French

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