Fanni has a dream


“I have a dream that one day this club will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed – we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all language learners are created equal.
I have a dream that one day under the tender lights of the FISE gallery English majors and their former students will be mixed up at our table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the A1 speakers, those eager souls, sweltering with the heat of new words and faulty grammar, will be transformed into confident and proud language users.
I have a dream that my ten little students will one day be mistaken for native speakers, be congratulated on their accent, and learn the difference between simple and progressive tenses.
I have a dream today!”

Fanni Petrák, September 24th

On English


“The English language is like London: proudly barbaric yet deeply civilised, too, common yet royal, vulgar yet processional, sacred yet profane. Each sentence we produce, whether we know it or not, is a mongrel mouthful of Chaucerian, Shakespearean, Miltonic, Johnsonian, Dickensian and American. Military, naval, legal, corporate, criminal, jazz, rap and ghetto discourses are mingled at every turn. The French language, like Paris, has attempted, through its Academy, to retain its purity, to fight the advancing tides of Franglais and international prefabrication. English, by comparison, is a shameless whore.”

Stephen Fry, The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within