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At one point in my life I could speak French passably well. I wish I’d kept it up because it’s a lovely language. And when I’m doing things like listening to “La Mer” by Charles Trenet, I always regret not being able to appreciate French songs as fully as I would like to due to not understanding the subtleties of the language well enough.

In the case of “La Mer”, you might not think that matters too much because there’s…