Humor of Difficulty Speaking French

Humor of Difficulty Speaking French is adapted from a humorous book by David Sedaris:

‘When You Are Engulfed in Flames’,

with this part about struggling to learn French.

Here is an excerpt from the chapter The Man in the Hut, in the book ‘When You Are Engulfed in Flames’, page 185:


“I’d lament the sorry state of my French.

Oh, my comprehension had improved —

I could understand just about everything that was said to me —

but when it came to speaking I tended (and still do) to freeze up.

It wouldn’t hurt me to be more social, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

The phone rings (in France), and I avoid it.

Neighbors knock and I duck into the bedroom

or crouch behind the daybed until they’ve left.”





Humor of David Sedaris in his book 'Me Talk Pretty One Day':

Humor of Two Types of French.

Humor of Knowing Only a Few Words of French.

Humor of Male and Female Genders in French.

Humor of Language Tapes in French.

Humor of Vocabulary Cards in French.

Me Talk Pretty One Day is the Humor of a French Class in Paris.

Humor of Giving Up on French School.

Humor of Not Understanding French.

Humor of Learning French in Prison.

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