I’m an English teacher down here in Lyon, France and recently it seems to me that I’ve been getting students using much better vocabulary, knowing more expressions, and generally being able to cope better in more situations.
The TNT (télévision numérique terrestre) is now available to everyone – forced upon people because the old, analogue tv, at least in the Lyon area is not available anymore. You can set this so your default setting is English, meaning some films and tv series are in English.
I was on a plane recently to England and a salesman working in England said when he was in Spain or France 20 years ago, people loved it when he had a go at their language. Now, he said, it’s the opposite. The French like to have a go at English as much as they can.
Perhaps it’s more and more access to the internet or perhaps it’s more and more business situations but it does seem to me there’s a significant improvement.
Is it just an impression or is there a real improvement ?
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