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Brits on the Box

Post by Gus Morris » Fri 14 Sep 2018 08:09

Caught a glimpse of what I took to be a couple of subjects of the Dear Queen on local TV last night. I was busy doing something so didn't really catch the story. Seemed to be about the possible effects of Brexit. . Either FR 3 had picked people who did not have a reasonable command of French or they interviewed them in English to make a point.

Did anybody else see it ?

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Post by Kate » Fri 14 Sep 2018 08:27

Rats. Missed it. Doesnt really matter who they picked does it? A cross section would be those who speak french fluently, those who speak it passably, and those who don’t speak it at all. Has to be one of those groups so why not the third? :-) It was actually done via the P-O Life Face book Page where they asked for volunteers and the couple they chose seem very pleasant.
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Post by Ted & Jemima » Fri 14 Sep 2018 09:04

Good morning!

The segment was called 'Villefranche-de-Conflent (66) : les Britanniques et le Brexit' and you can view it at http://findinglanguedoc.com/tv/ where it is sixth from the top at present, but will move lower down the list as it is updated with the latest videos about the region.

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Post by Helen » Fri 14 Sep 2018 11:45

You can also see it here

https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr ... ys-catalan

It's the last item in the bulletin- around 4' 15" in

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Post by Kate » Fri 14 Sep 2018 14:00

Merci to all.

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Post by martyn94 » Fri 14 Sep 2018 18:31

Kate wrote:Rats. Missed it. Doesnt really matter who they picked does it? A cross section would be those who speak french fluently, those who speak it passably, and those who don’t speak it at all. Has to be one of those groups so why not the third? :-) It was actually done via the P-O Life Face book Page where they asked for volunteers and the couple they chose seem very pleasant.
There are also people who don’t speak it even passably, but who try. They had a passage at the beginning of the TV piece when they were doing that. I admire them, but it would take them wills of steel to get much better (given that they still seem to be working in the anglosphere).

Every article you read suggests that your language-learning neurones seize up pretty early. I had some tiny rudiments of French at around 10 or 11, but almost nobody in the UK gets that now, unless they go to a very expensive private school (and even then it’s more likely to be Mandarin).

One of the many advantages of Brexit is that interest in foreign-language learning is apparently going from dismal to near-zero. Let’s just take back control of our tongues, and save the money.

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Post by mariad » Wed 19 Sep 2018 11:07

martyn94 wrote:
Kate wrote:
Let’s just take back control of our tongues, and save the money.
Well said.

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Post by Gus Morris » Fri 21 Sep 2018 11:42

Didn't realise that the subjects were recruited via the PO LIfe FB group. I'm no big fan of FB so only use when no other option is available. Like following anti-Brexit campaigns.

Don't suppose we'll ever know how many people put their names forward.

Did the interviewees ever share the experience on social media? After all, being the focus of a reportage on a national TV channel is not exactly an everyday experience for most of us

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Post by Ted & Jemima » Sat 06 Oct 2018 09:51

Hello. A variation on the Brits in France & Brexit topic in this headline from today's La Depeche newspaper in Aude: https://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2018/1 ... mands.html .

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Post by martyn94 » Sun 07 Oct 2018 23:54

Ted & Jemima wrote:Hello. A variation on the Brits in France & Brexit topic in this headline from today's La Depeche newspaper in Aude: https://www.ladepeche.fr/article/2018/1 ... mands.html .

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Ted & Jemimaj[/quot

I was curious about the music thought to be appropriate to an English tea-time. Handel’s Water Music mostly for me, but I do like my tea strong.

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Re: Brits on the Box

Post by Ted & Jemima » Fri 23 Nov 2018 20:46

More media coverage of pre-Brexit Brits living in Languedoc:
'Aude: the English blues of Corbières before Brexit'
https://www.lindependant.fr/2018/11/23/ ... 979407.php

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Re: Brits on the Box

Post by Gus Morris » Fri 30 Nov 2018 09:15

Bit of a rarity this. An article that is not openly pro-Brexit from the BBC. Could it be that they have softened their editorial stance?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46329850

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Re: Brits on the Box

Post by martyn94 » Fri 30 Nov 2018 18:29

Do you really think this? Everything I can recall has been implicitly pro-remain (or at least not at all gung-ho for Brexit) but trying to keep a measure of balance through very firmly gritted teeth. The side I don’t support (I nearly said the loonies, since I’m under no obligation to be balanced, unlike the BBC) do after all pay 51.2% of the bills, or whatever it is. Except that they are knuckle-dragging idiots who are mostly on the dole, or corrupt plutocrats in the pay of Moscow.

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Re: Brits on the Box

Post by martyn94 » Fri 30 Nov 2018 18:38

I have just re-read the article. I like the passage that says that “Carcassone has half the population of Oldham”. You could do worse, but you would have to be very choosy.

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