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
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Collins, Lauren
Dewey number
  • 448.0092
  • B
Index
no index present
LC call number
PN4874.C646
LC item number
A3 2016
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Collins, Lauren
  • Journalists
  • Travelers' writings, American
  • French language
  • French language
  • French language
  • France
Label
When in French : love in a second language, Lauren Collins
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9781594206443
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016017611
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
2016017611
Label
When in French : love in a second language, Lauren Collins
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
243 pages
Isbn
9781594206443
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2016017611
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
2016017611

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