General conclusion publié le 03/09/2008 - mis à jour le 24/09/2008
Comparing the thirties and nowadays
We can notice big differences between the way of life, the knowledge of the teenagers of the thirties and the one of the adolescents of the years 2000.
First, we can notice that living conditions of today’s youngsters have improved considerably.
Consequently, young people travel much more than before and so, make contacts with other young Europeans.
Their better knowledge of Europe is also due to access to television, the internet, mobile phones, radio...
Nowadays, these media allow teenagers to get quick information of any kind (getting to know European artists, watching European series and films, discovering the landscapes of different European countries...).
Moreover, they are aware of any event taking place in Europe by simply watching the news on television or going on the net.
Finally, school has also contributed a lot to this opening on Europe
through the learning of varied foreign languages.
And the study of different European countries in History and Geography along with cultural and linguistic exchanges between schools have made this opening on Europe a reality.
However,we have noticed that European or foreign films in general, seen by the French are always dubbed instead of being shown in their original version with subtitles, whereas in other European countries they appear in the original language.
This constitutes to a certain extent a hindrance to the acquisition and the practice or simply the discovery of other European languages.
One reason is that France has always tried to maintain the influence of its language abroad. French used to be an international language and still is to a certain extent.
The last point is that we observe that we are very similar to the other young people of Europe, sharing similar habits customs and ways of life.
We can nevertheless say that we have started forging a European identity which in fact we might have already possessed without being really conscious of it.
In any case, we realise now that we share this common identity.