Maybe it’s the contrarian in me, but here’s a reason why:
PARIS (AP) — France’s efforts to digitize its culture, from Marcel Proust’s manuscripts to the first films of the legendary Lumiere brothers, long have been bogged down by the country’s reluctance to rely on help from American Internet giant Google Inc.
(If you’re interested, you can read more here.)
I like their attitude. If you can do it, we can do it. Maybe better. Maybe not. But we’re gonna try it our way.
And I really like their attitude when I’m there. Forget what you’ve heard. They don’t hate Americans.
They like us. They really like us! They just want us to try to speak a bit of their language, and sample a bit of their food.
We were in a restaurant in Paris several years ago when a table of American businessmen demanded “steaks and Buds.” Informed they could have their steaks, but there was no Bud, we heard, “What kind of restaurant is this?”
I desperately wanted, just for that moment, to be really fluent in French. Fluent enough to wash them away in a torrent of Franco-American invective that would send them back to the Big D (a good guess) telling stories about the crazy man in the restaurant.
Anyway, good luck with your Google Francaise.
If it doesn’t work out, you know where to find us.