When the French get mad about how you speak French, they often point out that you speak English.
This is how it was with French philosopher Bernard Henri-Louis, who said in his 1920s treatise on language, La Vie en ligne, that “the Frenchman does not think that he speaks French like the Englishman, but rather that he thinks of himself as an Englishman.”
The irony is that you’re speaking French while actually being an English person.
You’re saying that you don’t think like an English speaker.
It’s one of the more obvious ways that a person can become French without actually being French.
For some French people, the French language is more like English than like French.
They’re not really bothered by the fact that their language is different.
They say it’s just a language and that they don’t care.
That is why they have such a deep connection with their French, even though it’s only part of their cultural heritage.
For others, the language is important, and they’re more concerned with the fact than with the language itself.
And for them, it’s also not as important to become French as it is to be American.
This last category has been particularly contentious among French Americans, and the argument is not so much that one language is better than another but that one should be understood.
If the American and French people are really going to get along, they have to learn to say the same things.
The French language and its people are not something to be embarrassed about, but they can be.
And if we’re really going out of our way to be the most American thing, we have to be able to communicate that in the most effective way possible.
And we have a very good example of how we can do this in the United States, with the use of the phrase “in the language of our ancestors.”
As we learned about the history of American culture in the nineteenth century, we learned that the English language had long been a very American way of life, as well as a great source of inspiration for our language.
But as we’ve grown up, we’ve discovered that it was a very different language than the one we knew.
The way we say it today, even today, is very different from the way the English spoke back in the seventeenth century.
It used to be “that is English,” and you’d hear people saying “that’s the English way of doing things.”
But the English, and many other languages, had different grammatical forms, different rules for how to express words and how to say them in the way we know today.
So we now have two different ways of saying “I love you,” and we now use “you love me.”
That’s what’s called the “language of our fathers.”
That is to say, that we know of some of the ways in which we were taught, but we don’t know the rest.
We’re still learning.
We want to know more, and that’s why we’re creating the American Heritage Dictionary.
And this year, the dictionary will be part of the American Library Association’s Summer Reading Program.
We have some of these great new books that are going to be available to people across the country.
And they’re going to show us all the different ways we used to say our own words, and we’ll get to hear more about them, and learn more about the different languages that they were using.
These are books that will give us a better understanding of our own language.
And the American Public Library, along with the Association of American Publishers, is helping to create a great new edition of the book.
So this year we’re going on the first full reading of the dictionary in five years.
We are going on this reading to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of The American Heritage.
And so I hope that we can all come together in a way that will make us a little more proud of who we are, who we were and who we’re becoming.
That’s the message that I’m going to deliver, and I think you can hear it when you hear me.
In this book, we’ll talk about the differences between the ways people speak English and the way they use the English alphabet.
We’ll look at the different varieties of American English.
We will look at how we use the word “I.”
And we’ll look again at the word that you know so well.
I’m Jean-Marie Bourg-Lévi-Strauss, professor emeritus of linguistics at the University of Southern California.
Thanks for joining me today, Professor Bourg.
[Applause] Now, we’re back to the subject at hand.
And that is what the American public library is going to do this year to commemorate the anniversary of The English Language, which is called the 50-year anniversary of its publication.
And there are many great books that we are going be offering in this edition