Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on September 15, 1974 · Page 7
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 7

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Sunday, September 15, 1974
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Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Sun* Sap*. , ARKANSAS r M. Mi The Swiss Have Landed! Francois Malile cocks liis head, looks straight at you and asks, "Please?" And you repeal tile question, leaving out the American slang thai, at limes. confuses the young, Swiss foreign exchange student. Then lie picks up the phrase, repeats to himself and looks for « chance to. use his new word as soon as he can. "Homesick? No, I am not row homesick." Francois said. "I think 1 shall not be homesick this year." Francois, 17. is a senior at Fayetleville Nigh School this year as part of the American Field Service foreign exchange program. He arrived at Fayellcville the last week of August and started school with the rest of the local high school students. He had never been to the United States before landing nl New York less than a week before with a plane load of European exchange students, many of whom are at- t e n d i n g high schools throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. From New York, he rode a bus to St. Louis, then flew the rest of the Irip. While in Fay- etleville, he is living with the W.C. Morton family, 805 Sunset Drive. The Mortons' son Rob Is a senior at the high school. Francois said he hasn't seen anything particularly, surprising about America, explaining that he had been told what to expect for several months from many Courses, "I have traveled much through Europe, so llie great distances were really not new to me," Francois said. "It was very pleasing to see the variety of the country. I enjoyed the trip in the -- how do you say, please, Allegheny Mountains?" Though he speaks fluent Etrg- lish, some Americanisms anil local names, many of which were bprrwed from the American Indians, give him pause. He said he has studied English three years at his home school near the village of Le Loclc, near the French border with Switzerland. Friench is his native language, though just last year his school classes included French, English and German. "I can speak any of the three well enough, and some Italian," he said. He added that English was the most difficull to learn because of the "strange" pronunciations that in English are not always eonsislent wilh spelling. "German is Ihe most difficult to learn grammar. English grammar is nol so hard, but Iho words are all pronounced differently. And Ihc idioms I don't always comprehend." . NOT QUITE SHOCKED Francois was hoi quite shocked but at least a lillle amused al [he ambience of the American high school classroom. "The students in the school here seem at first not so..ah, excuse me, please," he said, ami opened a French-English dictionary. "It is ripe? No. Mature, that is the word. They seem not so mature or 'serious' at first, hut t h a t , I think, is not so true. I have had m a n y mature discussions with the students. "At the school where I attended in Switzerland, the students are very 'calme.' What is that word in English? Oh, the same -- calm. Here, on (he outside the students are different, hut inside they are all the' same," he said. Francois's cosmopolitan air already has inspired many of the girls in his classes, who clamor to sit next to him. Wednesday, he addressed his fellow students ever the school's intercom system, telling them where he is from, something ' about his sludies in Switzerland, his home and family. High School Principal W. H. Duncan said that during the address, "It was so quiel you could hear a pin drop." STUDENTS IMPRESSED The American students seemed impressed wilh Francois' list of classes of last year -F r e n c h , English, German, math, physics, chemistry, geography, foreign literature, physical training, art, biology and history. He explained that the schools in Swit.neralnd don't sponsor team sports other lhan physical training classes, but each town and village has sports clubs, through which amateurs can participate in soccer, basketball, swimming and other sports. Francois' favorite sport is basketball, which he hopes lo play in some way here. He also enjoys swimming and hopes to learn tennis while in the United Slates. He also is discovering a new pasllime. somewhat traditional here -- horseback riding. "On weekends we have been going lo Mr. Morton's farm in the mountains near here. The name of the village is Hogeye. Did I say it right? It is very pleasant there." he said. The Mortons have a cotloge and several horses Ihcre. NO LAKE NOW Francois said Ihe name of his home town of Le Locle means "The Lake" in Old French, but added "There isn't a lake there now. That was many, many years ago. Several centuries. But it was just a small lake." Le Locle is in the Ejura Mountains, not the Alps. He said there are several mountain ranges in Switzerland besides the Alps. The main industry of Le Locle is watch and clock making. Francois said there are 30 clock factories there. His father is a bank clerk in the village, ' Francois said what he misses most here is antiquity. ·"I traveled through some of the larger cities -- Indianapolis, St. Louis -- and there is nothing old there. I live in a house who is 150 years old and the people here think that is so old, hut it really is not old in Switzerland. All the cities look the same here. "Everything in the United States is so modern. That is very strange." WHEN FRANCOIS TOOK THE MIKE .. .the rest of the school was so quiet, "You aouldhave heard a pin drop" according to print cipal W. H. Duncan. Francois gave a morning address to the school, telling of his 'horns wiA school in Switzerland and first impression of the United States *.....uu v I.* u ivithn,; t-MJti* U-ML* j t l o b illt^I c^iilUlli Ut ^IIV (JiltltZU, alUtKS "Outside they are different, but inside they are all the same" IN CLASS THE EXCHANGE STUDENT IS THE CENTER OB" ATTENTION .. .as the girls clamor to sit next to Francois. His mildly cosmopolitan air has affected many of his fellow students, who already have taken well to the visitor from Switzerland. He, in turn, Unas the American students more serious than they appear on the surface Story And Photos By Rick Pendergrass THE DAILY SCHOOL ROUTINE .. .noes for Francois, as well as his classmates, as between class rushes echo the sound of locker doors opening and closing at Fayelteuille High School AT THE HOME OF HIS HOST FAMILY ... .Francois relaxes by the backyard pool. The W. C. Morton family, including son Rob, Francois' age, also take their visitor on weekend trips to the farm, where he rides horses

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