I just noticed that while typing on my iPod, if I press a key on the keyboard long enough, the iPod shows me the various accented versions of the letter that I can choose from. That means I can actually type French words on my iPod! So I did.
This is how I typed “It was a merciless summer.” on my iPod:
C’était un été impitoyable.
Then I wondered, “Does the Mac have the same features?” So I tried typing the same sentence using the same method of holding keys down. Here is the result.
C’eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee- Okay, it doesn’t work.