“There is no such thing as a dead language, only dormant minds”(Zafon, Carlos Luis. The Shadow of the Wind)
Wake up your mind!: Learn a new language. Any language is good for the mind, good for the soul. See our Failing French blog post about what wonderful things learning a new language will do to your mind.
I love books and I love bookstores. For as long as I can remember a trip to the bookstore has always been a real treat. I am also French and as a people I believe we cherish our special relationship with the printed word.
Recently, The New York Times published a very interesting article about the strong health of French bookstores as compared with their English and American counterparts. (You may read the entire article, by clicking the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/books/french-bookstores-are-still-prospering.html?_r=0 ). Yes, bookstores are thriving in France in part because of government subsidies and price controls. But at the core, bookstores flourish in France because people enjoy and value the service they provide.
This gave me the idea of trying to showcase bookstores from around France (and the world). So there we go, step 1 in our journey (and where it all started for me):
1. Librairie Ancienne Lacoste – Chinon, France
Bonnes lectures et bon voyage!
Lectures De France offers the most extensive selection of French books on line for children, teens and adults. 1,400+ titles in stock in the US, ready to ship to your home, school or business.
I simply could not resist posting an article published in the NY Times last week: The Benefits of Failing French by William Alexander. Please read the entire article by clicking on the link, you will love it!
In a nutshell, attempting to learn French AND failing is a good thing because you will literally end up smarter, and this, regardless of your linguistic achievements.