Anyone who’s ever been to South Louisiana knows that you don’t go grocery shopping, you “make groceries.”

Finally, after having lived in France for nearly two years, I had a native French person say in English that he was making groceries.

Why would anyone say that?  It’s simply a direct translation from faire les courses.  Faire means “to make” or “to do” and les courses is of course, the shopping.

While some people cringe at these phrases, I find it’s a beautiful reminder of where we come from and the complex history from Le Grand Dérangement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expulsion_of_the_Acadians), to the suppression of the French language in Louisiana, to an eventual realization of the error of such a suppression.  Now, there is a wonderful organization called CODOFIL that is trying to preserve the culture and the langauge of Louisiana.  http://www.codofil.org/

Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.
‒Rita Mae Brown

Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.
‒Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To have another language is to possess a second soul.

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.
‒Nelson Mandela


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