"I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use -- silence, exile, and cunning." -- James Joyce
"Est-ce que c'est un oiseau?"
It seems such a wordy way to say "Is it a bird?"
Of course, given you are not pronouncing about half the letters, it is a lot less wordy when spoken then when written.