Jack Junk’s Opinion of the French Language

To mark European Day of Languages (http://edl.ecml.at/), here is a cartoon by Derbyshire-raised cartoonist George M. Woodward, taken from the large collection of his works held here:


 The sailor on the left asks:

Why Jack! You was so long in a French Prison, I suppose you larnt to patter their Lingo a little?

The sailor on the right replies:

No Bob, I never some how fancied it, they call things out of their names so d–nably, – why would you believe it.  They call a Horse a Shovel and a Hat a Chopper!!

Uncoloured print. 348 x 245 mm.

Date: Aug 1805

Catalogue number: D5459/2/39

3 thoughts on “Jack Junk’s Opinion of the French Language

  1. I’m in favour of the learning of all languages, including Esperanto. That “Teacjh Yourself Esperanto” book is now out of date. I recommend on-line learning at http://www.lernu.net

    Incidentally, there was once a Derbyu Esperanto Group. I wonder if its minute books have survived.

  2. As someone who worked through most of the exercises in Teach Yourself Esperanto as a holiday read many years ago, I am indeed interested. “Propaedeutic” was a new one on me (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaedeutics for a definition). It is often argued that Latin provides a good entry point for language-learning, as it makes the Romance languages easier to pick up – but then it does have all those cases to worry about. (I don’t remember a word of Esperanto, though, as I have never had call to use it. I fear this is typical, but hope it may change one day).

  3. Yes today is the European Day of Languages 🙂 You may be interested to know that several British schools have introduced Esperanto in order to test its propaedeutic value.

    You can see details on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INCr1bV8kGk

    The Council of Europe has also provided some phrases and expressions in Esperanto, which you can see here http://www.goethe.de/ins/se/prj/ets/mlg/gep/enindex.htm

    Their new online course http://www.lernu.net has 125 000 hits per day and Esperanto Wikipedia enjoys 400 000 hits per day. That can’t be bad 🙂

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