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What is David Sedaris' point in the essay "Me Talk Pretty One Day"?

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The point of David Sedaris's essay "Me Talk Pretty One Day" is to demonstrate how knowledge can sometimes come from the unlikeliest of places.

After moving to Paris to learn French, Sedaris takes his quest a step further by enrolling in a French class. Sedaris is already nervous about having to perform in class, and the instructor's declaration that everyone should already know the French alphabet does little to put the author at ease.

The instructor asks two students, dubbed "Two Polish Annas," to state their basic biographical information as well as what they like and dislike about the world. She further asks one of them to state how the class came to be "blessed with someone as unique and original as you? Tell us, please."

As Sedaris writes, "the seamstress did not understand what was being said but knew this was an occasion for shame."

The instructor's blistering assaults continue when she calls upon a Yugoslavian student, who terms herself an optimist because "she loved everything that...

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