parlez-vous francais?

So a few weeks ago I was desperate to get a book. Couldn't find it anywhere except in English. I'm good with English - I speak it poorly every day. But I couldn't find a version in French, which was the thing I needed. God bless the internet, though - i found a website of a French company that I thought could help, and left a message on the contact portion of the site . And, having not really studied the language for many, many years, I probably wrote something like this:

dear sir or madam,
i would like you to me help. i want purchase the book, L'etoile. you can be helping me please?

(I sound like Balkie from that old sitcom about the cousin from Russia? remember?)

And, because the French are infinitely helpful and gracious, I was surprised by a package at my house this evening. A lovely manila envelope containing just the manuscript I was hoping for. And a letter that I'm sure is polite and helpful, but I can't tell. Not exactly anyway.

So, on that note, I'll forward you on to this site, to appreciate some French song. My favorite song is Sympathique, from an older text by Verlaine, I think...

Je ne veux pas travailler,
Je ne veux pas dejeuner,
Je veux seulement l'oublier,
Et puis, je fume.

{I don't want to work,
I don't want to have lunch,
I just want to forget him
and so I smoke.}

Vive la France!


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