· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · January
· · · · 10 (1 entry)

Newsfeeds and Language Learning · I have no gift for for­eign lan­guages but due to hav­ing grown up over­seas can limp along in bad French. I usu­al­ly get to France once ev­ery year or two and af­ter a few days find that I am limp­ing faster. I just re­alised that Libération, the news­pa­per I read while in France, has an RSS feed, so I sub­scribed and now I’m read­ing a few hun­dred words a day en Français (with oc­ca­sion­al help from ei­ther this French-English dic­tio­nary or this one). Why is Libération my pa­per of choice? Among oth­er things, be­cause it’s a tabloid and easy to car­ry; if you walk in­to a café or restau­rant or store in France with a copy of Libération stuffed un­der your ar­m, the lo­cals will in­stant­ly as­sume you’re not a gringo and you’ll prob­a­bly get treat­ed a lot bet­ter. Try it, it work­s.
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