Off topic: Stand-up comic Eddie Izzard on languages
Thread poster: Susan Welsh

Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
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Oct 28, 2017

A hilarious clip (10 minutes) on the differences between BE and AE, the need for bilingualism in Europe, and the travails of learning French. It's from 2007, but someone just sent it to me, maybe it will make you laugh.



Tina Vonhof
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Thanks! Oct 28, 2017

Hi Susan, thank you for this, it really makes my day. Did you watch any of the other segments? They are all hilarious and 'spot on' (a BE expression that I'll borrow for the occasion).

[Edited at 2017-10-28 16:50 GMT]


Susan Welsh  Identity Verified
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No, I didn't Oct 28, 2017

I was supposed to be working.icon_smile.gif
But with your recommendation, I'll watch them!


Lidija Klemencic
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Excellent Oct 30, 2017

Susan, I spent more than one hour watching this lunatic. Thank you for this.


Michael Wetzel  Identity Verified
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Saw hin perform in German. Nov 1, 2017

I've actually seen him perform live in German, a language which he was more or less unable to speak when he started the series of shows (I think he had had a few years of German decades earlier in school). He actually managed to be very entertaining in spite of it all, including a nice half-linguistic bit about how to say raising your hand in German. With his marathon marathon etc., he's really more Dada than standup, but he puts on a good show and is admirably willing to make a complete fool of himself.


Lesley Clarke  Identity Verified
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Thanks Nov 1, 2017

That was a great start to the day


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