When in French

When in French by Lauren Collins is about learning the French language (important when you when you marry a Frenchman!), while examining language development and usage over time and around the world. She is a very accessible writer and there are lots of charming vignettes as she gets to know her extended family. The descriptions of how it feels to be surrounded by people speaking in a different language are spot on. This is fun for linguists and language buffs alike as the subtleties of the language comprehension are explored.