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Madame Dubois a un joli chapeau

Jul 19th, 2014 | By | Category: International

Six weeks until the summer holidays, perhaps the moment comes for a renewed assault upon the pages of “Living French” by T.W. Knight M.A. (Oxon), first published in 1952 and excellent value in 1979 at £1.25. Hardly a summer in the last twenty-five years has passed without reciting that Mrs Dubois has a pretty hat. In twenty-five years, there has been no progress beyond Lesson 5 of the book.

To be honest, only once in twenty-five years have I tried to have a conversation in French, and it wasn’t even …