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When in French - Love in a Second Language

Lauren Collins

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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 French is 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Khristine Hvam

Length:

7h 46m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:37


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:31


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:38


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:48


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:13


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:06


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:54


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:16


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:51


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:47


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:53


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:06


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:31


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:41


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:40


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:21


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:39


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:48


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:24


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:51


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:33


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:55


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:24


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:23


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:55


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

02:33


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:05


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:27


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:29


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:53


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:54


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:29


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:43


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:55


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:30


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:28


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:22


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:39


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:31


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:35


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:51


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:49


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:58


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:15


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:46


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:18


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:02


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:33


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:35


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:40


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:18


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:34


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:07


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:01


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:05


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:58


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

00:31