Hello, I’m Lucie. My name comes from the Latin lux, lucis, meaning “light”. My birthday is on 22nd October, so I share a it with George Brassens and Catherine Deneuve, two icons of French arts and culture. If I was megalomaniac, I would say the stars had it all maped out for me.

I grew up in France, my head always buried in books as soon as I could read. At 11, I started learning English at school, at 12 Latin (I fell hopelessly in love with it), and at 13 Spanish. I love discovering new words, seeing how they fit within the language, and across other languages. I am fascinated by the evolution of languages, how they respond and react to one another across history. In particular, French and English have been exchanging words over the long – tortuous some might say – relationship of our two people. Did you know that the (now obsolete) French bougette – a small leather bag used to carry money – was borrowed by English to become budget, and French took it back as le budget? This is the kind of thought-provoking back-stories that I love.

I am also a keen observer of how a language works. It gives such a window on another culture, another way of living and thinking. It also gives a new viewpoint on your own language and culture, as you look back. I studied Classics and then Teaching French as a Foreign Language (2 Master’s), and at 23 I moved to the UK to get a PGCE. Time to get a proper job: I taught French, Spanish, Latin and English as a foreign language to adults and children. I love teaching, helping people learn, answering their questions, wondering together on the weird and wonderful puzzles of languages.

After 11 years in the UK, I am now back in France, discovering my language, my country, my people and my culture with new eyes. For this venture I have decided to embrace the spirit of my masters, the French thinkers of the Enlightenment: Diderot, Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu. Curiosity in all things, respect for others’ ways, and a good dose of wit are the tenants of Languages and Lights. Join me on the journey!

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