Write an essay (900-1200 words) in which you analyse and comment on David Sedaris’ essay “Me Talk Pretty One Day”. Part of your essay must focus on the writer’s tone and on the attitude to learning foreign languages that is explored in the text.
“Me Talk Pretty One Day”, an essay by David Sedaris, 2005. The essay “Me Talk Pretty One Day” is an essay about a guy learning a foreign language, written by David Sedaris. The main character(David) moved from New York to France, to learn the language. As he first moved to France, he was excited. He would not mind talking to people and having a conversation with them on French, but that changed after he had his first class. The writer’s tone is calm. He does not seem as a guy who has any injustice towards anyone, basically he seems like a decent guy. But as he turns up at his first class, his appearance changes and so does his reflections. He does certainly not like his teacher. He mentions; “The teacher killed some time accusing the Yugoslavian girl of masterminding a program of genocide, and I jotted frantic notes in the margins of my pad.” The sentence “The teacher killed some time accusing the Yugoslavian girl” says something about his thoughts about her. By saying that she was killing some time of accusing a girl of something, he shows a negative side about her.
He does not mention any good-related thing about her at all. He definitely dislikes his teacher, and he comments her ways of teaching, in his own mind. He explains how ignorant she is. He mentions that she accidentally poked a girl in the eye with a pen, but according to the teacher, it was the girls own fault. David, the writer does not want to be humiliated by her. As she “kills” time humiliating the other students. David wants to prepare himself for the worst case scenario, so that he might get the opportunity to not be humiliated and stepped on, in front of his new class-mates, and especially his new teacher. Ex; “I took to spending four hours a night on my homework, putting in even more time whenever we were assigned an essay. I suppose I could have gotten by with less, but I was determined to create some sort of identity for myself: David the hard worker.” He wanted to create a new identity for himself. He mentions the “hard worker”.
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