Ten ways France could make learning French much easier
Imagine if the so-called "Immortals" at the Académie Française - the famed guardians of the French language - had a dramatic change of heart and decided to make it easier for us linguistically challenged Anglos to learn their tongue. We asked the IASLFF - International Association of Struggling Learners of French in France, which happens to be based in The Local's office in Paris, to come up with a list of ten ways the folk at the Académie could help us out.
A bad case of subjunctivitis: There's a reason French text books keep this topic back until the final chapter and that's because most students would have given up and switched to Chinese classes if we were told about it earlier. Just when you think you've cracked French the subjunctive chapter comes along and your whole world turns upside down. Look how complicated it is: One description reads: "The subjunctive must be used after verbs expressing fear, doubt, desire, and other emotions." Can’t we just use facial expressions, and gesticulations to do all that? Or perhaps those little computer emoticons? Anything but more conjugations...
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