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La langue française

What does French mean to its speakers across the world?

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Writer Bernard Pivot discusses the importance of language.

Bernard Pivot La langue, c'est notre mère, on suce la langue en suçant le lait maternel. La langue, c'est notre oxygène, c'est notre chlorophylle. On est inséparables de notre langue. La langue, elle est à l'intérieur de nous. Elle est dans notre tête, mais elle est dans nos mains, elle est dans notre sexe, elle est dans notre corps. Vous arrachez notre langue, c'est comme vous arrachez une demi-livre de chair.

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Language is our mother. We absorb language with our mother's milk. Language is our oxygen. Language is inside us. It's in our heads, our hands, our sexual organs, our bodies. Ripping our language from us is like ripping out half a pound of flesh.

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Singer Angélique Kidjo describes the beauty of French.

Angélique Kidjo La langue française est une belle langue dans laquelle il y a beaucoup de poésie qui passe. Il y a beaucoup de choses qui passent dans la langue française. Je ne dis pas qu'il n'y a pas de la poésie dans la langue anglaise, mais ce n'est pas la même chose, ce n'est pas la même beauté, ce n'est pas les mêmes accentuations. Ce n'est pas le même flow, comme on dirait. Donc moi, la langue française, je la trouve plus belle, je l'aime beaucoup plus que certains Français ne l'aiment, n'aiment leur langue.

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French is a beautiful language, with a great deal of poetry. I am not saying that there's no poetry in English, but it's not the same thing, it doesn't have the same accents, the same flow. So I find French a more beautiful language. I love it much more than some French people love their language.

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