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CultureShock! Paris by Frances Gendlin

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‘In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language... ’—Mark Twain

 

 

 

THINKING ABOUT FRENCH

The French are convinced that theirs is the most beautiful language in the world. This is not new—almost 400 years ago in 1635, under the reign of Louis XIII, Chief Minister Cardinal Richelieu founded L’Académie Française expressly to watch over the French language and ensure its purity. It was also meant to unify a country that was still divided by dialects, from the ...

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