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When in French: Love in a Second Language

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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 Frenchis 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."
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subject_facetAmericans -- Switzerland
Autobiographies
Collins, Lauren -- (Journalist)
Communication in marriage
France -- Languages
French language -- Conversations and phrases -- English
French language -- Self-instruction
French language -- Study and teaching -- English speakers
Journalists -- Biography
Journalists -- United States -- Biography
Travelers' writings, American -- France
title_displayWhen in French : love in a second language
title_fullWhen in French : love in a second language / Lauren Collins
When in French Love in a Second Language
When in French [sound recording] : love in a second language / Lauren Collins
title_shortWhen in French
title_subLove in a Second Language
topic_facetAmericans
Biography & Autobiography
Collins, Lauren
Communication in marriage
Conversations and phrases
English
English speakers
French language
Humor (Nonfiction)
Journalists
Languages
Nonfiction
Study and teaching
Travel
Travelers' writings, American