First of all, I feel quite delighted, because I realized that another
clichee is about to die. The young french folks are definitely willing
to communicate in English! Merci beaucoup dessus mes nouvelles
amies Lison du Var et Elsa West!
And, at the same time, I'm very thank-
ful ipernity urges me somehow to revive my French aswell! I browse
through the streams and I can't help but have to figure out what the
French messages are about. So, my rosty French comes back slowly.
In high school, my evil french and english teachers convinced me I
don't have the brains to study foreign languages. The marks of those two
subjects had always torn down my otherwise quite good marks quota.
Yet, as I entered the university I challenged myself. I chose Precolum-
bian America Studies and Sinology, consequently I had to take courses
in Spanish* and Chinese.
After I learned that, besides English, they're
the most spoken languages on earth, I was even more motivated. So, a
decade after my discouraging high school degree, I'm a Language
Maniac who speaks four languages and is determined to add French and
Never trust other peoples' judgements about you - except for very good
friends of course, and maybe those rare white-haired wise men and wo-
*Yes, although it is "Precolumbian", the primary study sources are most-
ly written by the Spanish conquerors.