Tuesday, 17 January 2012

MY TAILOR IS RICH





Many of you ask me about the title of this blog. "My tailor is rich".  It  is a sentence I used to listen when I studied English at school and it always  reminds me my first English classes.                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   "literally" My tailor is rich " is the first sentence of English without difficulty (El inglés sin esfuerzo), the first book of the Assimil method of learning English, written by Alphonse Chérel in 1929. The complete sentence is "My tailor is rich but my English is poor."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alphonse Chérel and his decendents created the Assimil Publishing Company who sells self study courses for learning a foreing language. Whilst this company is relatively unknown in the UK and US, it is extremely successful in Europe.                                                                                                                                           El Inglés sin Esfuerzo" from Assimil was used by thousands of students in Spain to try to learn the language in the 60s and 70s .The sentence “My tailor is rich”,  has remained as a set phrase related to those who are always starting to learn English and are not very successful. It also stands for the kind of silly sentences you have to learn by heart and hardly ever use.      I´d like to change this idea and I´m sure we  can do it.                                          Definitely,                                                              we can.