Me Talk Pretty One Day

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Me talk pretty one day “Me Talk Pretty One Day” is an essay written by David Sedaris in the year of 2005. David Sedaris is an American Grammy Award-nominated humourist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. The theme of the essay is the attitude to learning a foreign language. It is an expository text about the writer’s personal experiences.
In his essay, David Sedaris writes about his experiences on learning French at an international school in Paris. With a language course that endured for only one month as the only previous experience, the 41-year old writer moves to Paris to learn the language. The essay is about his experiences at the school and with his very strict French teacher. This strict teacher tears David Sedaris down and takes all courage and self-esteem out of him because he, along with all his new classmates, can’t speak fluent French. He becomes frightened of saying something wrong, so he decides to stop doing things that requires speaking, such as going to the bank, asking directions and ordering coffee or food. He is closed off from the society.
The tone in the text is informal and casual, which is supported by the way the subject has been tackled: David Sedaris shares his personal experiences. The text is focused on his personality from the very beginning: page 1, line 1 “At the age of forty one, I am returning to school…”. The personal style of writing characterizes the essay genre. The essay is written in colloquial language and the chosen vocabulary is also informal and simple: page 1, line 15 “nerve-raking”; page 1, line 17 “rattle off”, etc.
David Sedaris uses humour and sarcasm in the text, which makes it funnier and lighter to read. He makes use of figurative language and exaggerations for describing his experiences: page 1, line 33 “…front teeth the size of tombstones”; page 1, line 16 “it’s everyone into the language pool, sink or…...

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