A Conversation for La Marseillaise - France's National Anthem

Am I the only one...

Post 1


... who thinks 'fatherland' is an odd translation of 'La Patrie'? I've always thought 'motherland' is a better option.

Am I the only one...

Post 2


No. I too have mused over this question of gender translation = and not only with regard to La Patrie (although I quite recognise the logic of translating it 'Motherland').

I think that in English culture we tend to talk more easily of 'the Mother Country' - rather than either 'Motherland' or 'Fatherland'.

To be honest, I can't remember what my thinking was at the time I wrote this. It seems like half a lifetime ago!

What on earth were you doing reading it? smiley - winkeye

Am I the only one...

Post 3


It came up on the front page!

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