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Alex de Toqueville’s De la Democratie en Amerique

I bought this book at a book store here in France. I may be a bit ambitious in thinking I will read the book in the original French, but if anything I am way more ambitous than reasonable. I am trying to sound the words out while typing in the French into Google Translate. The boys here tell me that the words are very old and no one talks like that, not even their teachers.

So I typed in:

Depuis 1930 environ, l’oeuvre de Tocquieville a connu un etonnant regain de faveur

And I got:

Since about 1930, the work of Tocquieville had a surprising resurgence of favor

Which I can make sense of. I didn’t type any of the extra accents or strange characters and it seemed to work

I have to be careful because I originally typed:

Depuis 1930 environ, l’oeuvre de Tocquieville a connu un entonnant regain de faveur

And I got:

Since about 1930, the work of Tocquieville experienced a renewed interest in singing

Which makes no sense and it took me awhile to find the error.

AZERTY

So here is something that no one ever mentioned. How are you supposed to type with the crazy keyboard they have here. Do you notice that this is not a QWERTY keyboard. It makes sense since there are characters like É that you do not see on a QWERTY Keyboard. But why move the A and W? We found this when we went to use the keyboard at our friends house. (The Church Rocks!) McKala worked around it, but when I needed to do something simple such as typing in my username and password (where is the @ and how do you type a “3”) I finally had Antoine come help me out.

A couple of other points Yahoo and Google know that I am in France and so automatically direct me to their country specific sites and McKala tells me that Hulu doesn’t work at all.

I also found out that the rating system in France is quite different. They have a “less than 10” rating which means that no one under 10 can see the movie. It turns out that some “R” rated movies fall into that category. And it turns out that “less than 18” movies can appear on TV at night. I am not checking this information but going on information Antoine has given us. I haven’t seen any, but that means full on nudity coming in automatically into our house. We might have to think twice about getting TV.