Mark Twain quote French
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“In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.”

When you learn a new language and speak to native speakers for the first few times, you sometimes have the impression that you are pronouncing well, repeating sound by sound what you have learned in class. Unfortunately, the person you’re talking to doesn’t always understand.

I guess that’s what happened to poor Mark Twain who prefers to accuse the French of not understanding him rather than questioning his ability to speak the French language well.

Don’t worry! Don’t be discouraged! Keep pronouncing as best you can and keep improving by practising.

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About the author: Anthony Lucas

Hi there! I’ve been a French teacher since 2007. I have taught French as a foreign language to hundreds of students from all over the world in Mexico, Australia, Hong Kong and France.

➜ I now teach French online and develop the website