|The actress Krysten Ritter sporting a jumper from H&M (pic from coolspotters.com)|
|pic from shop-a-shop.net|
There's something about the French language that is very seductive and desirable, and the Paris effect helps too. What do I mean "the Paris effect"? Well, Paris is one of those cities with a reputation so appealing that we all want a part of it. The same can be said for New York, LA and London - how many of you own items of clothing or accessories with some sort of reference to any of those cities? Aha! I thought as much. But what about the other modern European cities? The same cannot be said for Berlin and Madrid, for example. Sure, they're cool, young, vibrant cities, but evidently they don't hold the same allure as Paris.
|I saw these four T-shirts in a chain store on Vienna's equivalent of Oxford Street. Nicely backing up my point.|
|"Ich spreche gern Deutsch!" sings Harry Styles. Pic from guardian.co.uk|
French is clearly the most fashionable of the lot. I think popular culture needs to embrace a wider range of foreign languages. I want to see the high street emblazoned with slogans from all over the world! We need multilingual role models for young people (I did once read that Harry Styles can speak French and German, and if that's the case, he needs to be advising his army of tween fans to learn to do the same!) There should be even more films set in locations farther afield than NYC!
It's hard to know what the answer is to the declining numbers of teenagers learning languages, but I have an inkling that if they were considered un peu più glamourös (WHAT A MAD MIX OF LANGUAGES!), they might just be more attractive, and we might have a few more budding linguists on our hands.
So teenagers, what do you think would make you more inclined to learn a foreign language?