Sunday, August 16, 2009


While on errands, the Dude came across a garage sale where he found a War Department Education Manual for Spoken French, published by the U.S. Armed Forces Institute in 1944. It makes for a quaint, entertaining read -- especially the phonetic aids to pronunciation. But it is also packed with sound advice on how to approach the French language -- and French people -- while teleporting the reader to WW2 times, and to what it must have meant for young GIs to study the manual on their way to liberating Europe from Nazism.
scan from the manual

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