Pardon My French

New Yorker studies French on a home-stay in Switzerland. “Hearing a foreign language is like seeing a postcard from some other land. I experienced my ignorance of words and grammar as a physical distance, as a longing for something that was mere inches away. In that gap, there was all the magic of childhood … The older I get, the more I treasure the sprawling periods of incomprehension, the not knowing, the lands beyond Google” (860 words)

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