Magazine article Word Ways

French and German Self-Taught Playlets

Magazine article Word Ways

French and German Self-Taught Playlets

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The 1904 Collier's Cyclopedia also provides a do-it-yourself course in French and one in German. The courses include lists of phrases such as Expressions of Surprise, To Ask Questions, Evening, and Age. Some of the lists can be arranged to form tiny yet evocative Broadway playlets such as the two below. Each includes a description of the scene. Lines in italics are asides to the audience.

EVENING: A French Playlet

Midnight. Jake and Nell are sitting in the couch in her living room. They have been necking for quite awhile. Jake looks at his watch. He decides to make his big move. The lights are dim.

Jake: It is late.

Nell: It is not late.

J: What o'clock is it?

N: It is still early.

J: Are you tired?

N: Not at all.

J: Not much.

N: It is only ten.

J: It is time to go to bed.

N: Is my room ready?

J: Go and see.

N: Draw the curtain. …

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