Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Some Words Don't Translate


For John, BLUFIn France they give tough exams in order to graduate from high school.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Not coping well in France.

This is from France 24 and has to do with this year's French school leaving baccalaureate English exam.  Here is the lede:

The exam, which is sat by all French pupils in their final school year (normally at 17 years old), presented a passage from Ian McEwan’s “Atonement” relating to the book’s central character, Robbie Turner.

The notorious “Question M” asked, “What are three of his concerns about the situation?” and “How is Turner coping with the situation?”

Coping?  Qu'est-ce que c'est "coping"?

I feel for the students.  French was my worst subject in high school.

But, I was able to cope and to go on to higher education.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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