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Two writers on the same subject, one gentle – affectionate even – the other biting. Both exhibit an embarrassing truth:

‘Into the face of the young man who sat on the terrace of the Hotel Magnifique at Cannes there had crept a look of furtive shame, the shifty, hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to speak French.’

P.G. Wodehouse

‘A man who speaks three languages is trilingual. A man who speaks two languages is bilangual. A man who speaks one language is English.’

Claude Gagniere

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