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The Resource When in French : love in a second language, Lauren Collins

When in French : love in a second language, Lauren Collins

Label
When in French : love in a second language
Title
When in French
Title remainder
love in a second language
Statement of responsibility
Lauren Collins
Creator
Contributor
Author
Narrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When New Yorker staff writer Lauren Collins moves to Geneva, Switzerland, she decides to learn French--not just to be able to go about her day-to-day life, but in order to be closer to her French husband and his family. When in French is at once a hilarious and idiosyncratic memoir about the things we do for love, and an exploration across cultures and history into how we learn languages, and what they say about who we are.In her late twenties, Lauren Collins moved to London, and fell in love with, and married, Olivier, a handsome French mathematician. When he has to relocate to Geneva for his work, she decides to go with him. In Geneva, however, Lauren is lost for words, literally: not only can she not communicate to the local chimney-sweep when he visits, but, watching Olivier converse fluently in French every day, she is also made painfully aware that she has never really spoken to her husband in his own language. She can say, "au revoir" and "bonjour" but that's about it. "Hello and goodbye were a pair of bookends," she writes, "propping up a vast library of blank volumes, void almanacs, novels full of sentiment I couldn't apprehend." What will happen when she has children? she wonders. If they grow up speaking French, will they be stuck with a "Borat of a mother" who can't properly understand them? So she embarks on a quest to learn French, and, in doing so, must tangle with the intricacies of French culture--which, it turns out, is a far cry from family life back home in North Carolina. Down the rabbit hole of French Collins hurtles; role-playing with her classmates at language school; coming to terms with antique French social customs; accidently writing explicit "thank you" notes to her French in-laws; and delving into the strange and wonderful history of humanity's many forms of language.When in French is a moving, laugh-out-loud funny memoir about falling in love, learning another language, and living far from home, as well as a freewheeling history of language. Collins investigates, among other things, how children acquire speech, the history of the idea of "American" as its own language, and why we don't trust people who adopt accents. (Her own father takes on a southern accent after moving to North Carolina, much to her mother's chagrin.) Plumbing the depths of the mysteries of foreign languages, Collins confesses--with style, sparkling humor, and touching honesty--to the frustrations, pleasures, surprises, and, finally, satisfactions of learning French
Cataloging source
BLACP
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Collins, Lauren
Dewey number
  • 070.92
  • [B]
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
LC call number
PN4874.C65
LC item number
A3 2016ab
Literary text for sound recordings
autobiography
Music parts
not applicable
PerformerNote
Read by Khristine Hvam
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Hvam, Khristine
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  • Collins, Lauren
  • Journalists
  • Travelers' writings, American
  • Second language acquisition
  • French language
  • French language
  • French language
  • France
Target audience
adult
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
When in French : love in a second language, Lauren Collins
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Unabridged
Capture and storage technique
unknown
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
  • sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
  • spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Extent
6 audio discs (7 hr., 30 min.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9780735288171
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • s
Note
Set includes: 6 compact discs.
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
PRHA 6014
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
  • ocn952324714
  • (OCoLC)952324714
System details
Compact discs
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable
Label
When in French : love in a second language, Lauren Collins
Publication
Copyright
Note
Unabridged
Capture and storage technique
unknown
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
  • sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
  • spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Extent
6 audio discs (7 hr., 30 min.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9780735288171
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • s
Note
Set includes: 6 compact discs.
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
PRHA 6014
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
  • ocn952324714
  • (OCoLC)952324714
System details
Compact discs
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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