Love is the Universal Language, but Learning French Doesn't Hurt

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The city of Geneva in Switzerland, an aerial view.

Journalist Lauren Collins fell in love with a Frenchman named Olivier while she was living in London. She managed to avoid learning French until she and Olivier got married and relocated to Geneva with their children. In her book, When In French: Love in a Second Language, Collins details the unexpected highs and lows of learning a second language in her 30s.