Last night my French teacher at the Alliance Française said that she learned every English largely from listening to Elvis Presley. While this seemed dopey at the time, I now realise that I’m learning everyday French from a murderer. Bertrand Cantat, lead singer of Noir Désir, writes some of the best emotionally intense lyrics that I've ever come across in either language – all written with a very everyday diction and grammar. He was also jailed in 2004 for beating to death his girlfriend and one of France’s most famous new actresses, Marie Trintignant.
– 2 April, 2008Posted in: Learning Languages