French sounds gorgeous and rude and throaty and nasal. It looks like it’s delicious to have in your mouth but you can still spit it out if you’re angry.
Humans first started creating music 500,000 years ago, yet speech and language was only developed 200,000 years ago. Evolutionary evidence, as interpreted by leading researchers such as Robin Dunbar from Oxford University, indicates that speech as a form of communication has evolved from our original development and use of music. This explains why our music and language neural networks have significant overlap, and why children who learn music become better at learning the grammar, vocabulary and pronounciation of any language.
English is fine if you want to buy things, but it’s not the right language to use for people who want to sell things,
Valdés paints a picture in which the keeper is an outfield player too, exposed rarely but absolutely: concentration and one-on-ones are their lifeblood. “Our philosophy is to have the ball so the opposition don’t shoot often but I can assure you it’s not easy,” he says. “At times, you’re in bits. Mentally it’s exhausting. I’ve finished games where I’ve hardly touched the ball yet I’ve got to the dressing room dead. You think: why? Because psychologically you’re completely immersed and that can be more tiring than physical exertion.”