Before we delve into today's post, there are a few matters that I wanted to address since my blog is arguably the platform that I have the greatest influence on. I am sure that all those reading are perfectly aware of what has been happening recently, what with the murder of George Floyd and the demonstrations that are taking place all over the world in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against the racism that pervades in our society. It truly saddens me that this is an issue that continues to prevail in our society but the truth of the matter is that it's not enough to be saddened, for this alone is not going to change anything. We need to speak up, we need to sign petitions that will invoke constitutional reform, we need to donate to help various campaigns and organisations out if we have the means to do so and we need to continue educating ourselves and those around us. Recently on my Instagram, I spoke about doing one thing a day to better your life situation in a week, a month or a year's time. I still stand by that mantra, but I also challenge you to now do one thing (and preferably more) each day to improve such issues worldwide; knowledge is power after all, am I right? My personal recommendations so far include the books "The Hate U Give" and "Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race", as well as this blog post by Brit Bennett. Let me know if you would like to me to begin including a recommendation about a book, documentary or podcast challenging social issues in every introduction from now on.
Who would have thought that, at the time I'm writing this post, it would have been well over a month since my A-Level French speaking exam? That may seem like a rather odd comment to make, but funnily enough it was in that exam that I was due to present my knowledge and have a discussion about regional languages in France. You see, prior to starting my research, I didn't even know that regional languages existed in France at all! Now, it would be quite a shame to waste all that newfound knowledge and so, inspired by the 'A Very Short Introduction' book series, I thought I would post my own little take here today. Let me know if you are interested in posts like these and be sure to let me know if I have missed anything out.