E
ngl
ish:
An
e
nigma.

At firs
t, the lett
ers an
d word
sscatter;
incompr
ehensible,
im
pause
Ible t
oread. Thi
ssto
p and go
way ofp
iecin
gtoget
her sen
tense
s to try andm
ake sense
of the
m is

Frustrating.

Always the tem
ptation lies t
o substit
ute the occa
sional
"Oui" and
"Désolé,"
in you
r wor
ds.
Remnan
ts of
"La langue
Maternelle,"
Remna
nts pus
hed to me
ntalc
orners, cove
red by th
ewords
"What I me
ant to
say w
as..."

A few ye
ars is plenty
of time to
atrophy
any muscle,
tongues included.
And after awhile, the
messages lose
their mystery.

At a cost.
Yes, there comes a time where you can proudly say
"I speak your English words, I am
American!"
Mais quand t'entends
ces mots, ces phrases,
You stop.

"I do not
Understand."