anglais parlé ici

August 25, 2006

“There has been a sharp decline in the number of students choosing to study modern foreign languages, GCSE results revealed today, after the government decision to make language subjects optional two years ago.”

Hats off to the Government for once- why should our hard pressed children be forced to learn the way foreigners talk when anyone knows that any foreigner worth talking to has learned much better English than we are ever likely to of their language? As for trying to learn the Greek for ‘How much does it cost to send a registered letter?’ anyone visiting a place where the natives have unfortunately failed to acquire a usable level of English is much better advised to resort to gestures.

As one of John LeCarre’s characters put it “Fools most linguists. Damn all to say in one language, so they learn another and say damn all in that.”

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