I was so happy to come home from my first day of French class at the Alliance Française to find this very appropriate cartoon on Google! March 31, 2015 marks the Eiffel Tower’s 126th birthday and graphic artist Floriane Marchix created this very cute Google Doodle in celebration.
Here’s a nice quote about the Eiffel Tower, and my spin on how it can be applied towards learning languages:
“Dans leur idée, la tour Eiffel était ce qu’il y a de plus beau au monde. Mlle Minnier dit que c’est le Parthénon. Moi, je crois que tout ce que les gens font est beau.” – Béatrix Beck, La Décharge, 1979
“In their minds, the Eiffel Tower was that which is most beautiful in the world. Miss Minnier says that it’s the Parthenon. Me, I think that everything that people make is beautiful.”
My take on this quote:
Since starting this blog, I’ve heard many references to French being “la plus belle langue.” Sitting in my class tonight though, you probably wouldn’t have thought so. I was somewhat relieved to find that the other students also hesitate and stumble in their speech as they work to conjugate and place pronouns correctly. It may not have sounded pretty to a native speaker, but me, I think that any language you make your own is beautiful.
I’m a big fan of the movie Paris Je T’aime, and I especially love this segment which fits nicely with today’s post:
Joyeux anniversaire à toi, belle tour! May you forever beckon people young and old to learn your beautiful language and make it their own.