So I’m in the process of writing my final year abroad essay for my university. How it works at Warwick is that you have three essays to write over the course of your stay in France, and it’s best to pick three different topics so you have a broad (ha!) knowledge of French culture in general so that you can tackle final year French classes like a boss. Theoretically.
I have just sent off my second of these essays which was about the popularity of Marine Le Pen, although I stressed throughout that she probably won’t become President just in case whoever the poor soul is that has to mark my work doesn’t think I’m completely insane. However, though I have just in fact waved au revoir to this particular essay I must now commence the final one in order to send it before the deadline near the end of May.
For those of you who don’t know me (which I think includes pretty much everyone in the entire world) I do rather enjoy worrying for no reason.
The hardest part of writing these essays apart from, well, writing these essays, is en fait choosing a topic. Which brings me to the point of this post. As I am considering writing about the French language in some way or another, I did some research and discovered that 91% of French people think that their language is the most important element of the French national identity. I’m not quite sure yet how exactly I’m going to use this statistic, but it did make me wonder: how important do other nationalities consider their language in the construction of their national identity?
Or is this just a really, really stupid question?