French at the Olympics

French has been the language of the Olympics since the modern Olympics movement was started by Baron de Coubertin. Canada is also officially a bilingual country, English and French. It is not surprising, therefore, the we had the opportunity to hear some French at the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. In fact, we had the opportunity to hear some pretty lame French from the President of the Vancouver Organizing Committee, John Furlong, and from a number of the performers.

It seems to me that with all the preparation that went into the games, it should have been possible to do better job. Many of the performers were only required to say “Bienvenue”. Given that they all had more than a year, it should have been possible to train more people to pronounce it better and to say more things in French.

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