Learn a Language? Moi?

Her school days were far behind her, but Lisa Schwarzbaum was determined to improve her French. Could a woman of un certain age learn to speak with élan (and in the subjunctive)?

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Place de La Comedie is the crossroads and heart of Montpellier. 

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One of Montpellier’s sinuous side streets.

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The author near the tram that took her to and from school and all around the town. 

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In front of the city’s 13th-century Faculté de Médecine, the oldest medical school in Europe.

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The rocky shores of Mèze, among the lakeside towns easily reachable from Montpellier.

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A frites stand along Montpellier's Esplanade Charles de Gaulle.

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Montpellier's very own triumphal arch, built in the late 17th century, on the Promenade du Peyrou. 

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Gileye Moustapha, a cook born in Senegal who now works at Montpellier’s La Coquille

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Only one of the watery pleasures of the port town of Mèze.

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Shellfish, especially oysters, abound locally.

 

Click here to read of writer Lisa Schwarzbaum's experiences while studying French for two weeks in Montpellier.

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First Published November 23, 2011

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