Sunday, 1 May 2011

Eddie Izzard: Swimming in the European Melting Pot

I saw Eddie Izzard perform last night at the Théâtre de Dix Heures. He was about 5 metres away from me. In an auditorium that can't have held more than about 100 people. Where the backstage curtains could be pulled back to reveal a small courtyard with a few dustbins and a waiter called Thierry in it. Eddie was speaking French.

For those of you who don't know, Eddie Izzard is an incredibly famous comedian who normally performs in venues like Wembley Stadium, in English.

Like most Brits, Eddie studied French at school until he was 16. He makes mistakes with genders, verb tenses, forming past participles, vocabulary and just about everything else that can go wrong when you speak a foreign language. He sounds like an English man. And yet, he can stand up in front of a room full of people and talk non-stop for an hour. Not only that, it's extremely funny.

You can hear Eddie in French on YouTube here. I reckon this should be shown to all British kids learning French at school because wow, what an inspiration!

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