Ta-Nehisi Coates is this super-cogent writer whose essays I love to read. His second book, Between the world and me, won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and he was recently awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. He took the MacArthur money and moved to Paris, as any reasonable person would. Here is a wonderful video of him in the midst of trying to learn French. I can completely relate to his pain. As he puts it: he sounds like an intelligent guy in English, but in French…different story. That’s totally the story of my life these days–I think I’m fairly articulate in English, but when I try to explain the simplest things in French, I sound like a bumbling idiot. Oh, well–practice makes perfect. I hope.
The video: http://bcove.me/yjr8cuhr
- les réparations (n.f.pl.): reparations.