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I've lived with the same guy for about 100 years. We know everything about each other, but sometimes we'll be with other people and he'll express a like, dislike, or point-of-view and completely blow my mind. Yesterday, he agreed with a playful border agent who said my French was bad. All these years I thought he was impressed by my French.

Anyway, I can't help it. My first relationship to French was the Haitian Creole of my adoptive mother. I grew up around multiple versions of French, living with kids from dozens of countries. Dinner at our house was a conversation mixed by multiple languages and accents. I love French cinema, and know most of the vocabulary, but the language is still foreign to me. I dream in an English filled with lots of foreign phrases, but my accent is rare and often hard to understand, the accent of a southern black American kid who grew up around the world.

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Nina One
That’s a fascinating heritage. Hey, you’re in Canada! What are you up to?
Taro (太郎)Author
Nina One, my partner inherited property near Montreal, including a cabin. It was my first time seeing the cabin, but I've been a frequent visitor to Montreal, a city I love.
Nina One
Taro (太郎), I love Montreal too. What a great city. How’s the cabin?
Taro (太郎)Author
Nina One, it's in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge and perfectly lovely.
Nina One
Lucky you! Enjoy!
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