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I always seem to find myself, when people learn that I've studied French and lived in France, discussing whether the French accent is as sexy as it is reputed to be. The assistants have had the same discussion, and can't really come to a clear conclusion.

It is certainly true that there is nothing remotely sexy or attractive about being the English assistant and hearing a bored 15-year-old French accent say "At the Christmas, I go to buy the jeu vidéo for my bruzzère."

On the other hand, it is always amusing to hear a well-formed sentence, especially from someone you didn't expect to speak English. What's more, the French generally study English in the UK, so when you come across a well-learnèd French person speaking English, there is usually a bit of a British accent under a light French one.

It depends on the voice as well. I have plenty of loud, boisterous students, but I have two in particular who murmur smoothly when they speak English, which - as long as it's clearly spoken and they're murmuring rather than mumbling - is unnervingly attractive. I hope they are not reading this.

So in conclusion, the answer is both yes and no, and it depends on many factors. Fascinating. I'm going to sleep.

srah - Monday, 27 January 2003 - 11:15 AM
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