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I think I feel a bit "piggy in the middle" like Andrea and Gila; the enthusiasm is lovely, really, but a bit overwhelming. Voy a jugar "Scene It" con los estudiantes de mi escuela. Son de paises diferentes de Latinoamerica. Manana tendremos neustro examen final. Estoy nerviosa. You can't learn off examples of grammar and sentence construction like poetry or you get rigid. I'm familiar with my tenses and my grammar rules but stupid little things in sentence constructions trip me up sometimes; is "a" or "en," "por" or "para" for instance.

This experience has taught me that I want to keep learning languages. Just in the region people speak French and Dutch as well as English and Spanish. I loved French my first year of high school but my teachers in second and third form killed it off completely. In third form we had Mrs. Alert, one of the school deans who would nod off during morning assembly. Lovely woman but uninspiring teacher. I can remember her greetings us "Bonjour, mes eleves" in her heavy, sing song voice and asking us about the weather. We'd chorus, "Il fait beau et chaud, extreme chaud!" I don't remember what we said when it was raining.

We used "D'accord!" each year, sort of like the Standard Book of Spells with the degree of difficulty increasing every year. They featured the same French family - Monsieur et Madame Marsaud, Marie France, Jean Claude et Claudette. I wonder what their fate eventually was.

Date: 2010-07-28 06:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andolinn.livejournal.com
*snorts* We used the same French text in college. Imagine that. I dug it out before we went to Provence. I'm not sure if I liked it or not...

Date: 2010-07-28 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diemme.livejournal.com
Which colour? We used the orange, blue and green. They were a bit dry but I loved the little comprehension passages that started each chapter. I remember Marie France going to market and Claudette talking to her mother about "le petit dejeuner," papa, Jean Claude et amie Pierre watching the Tour de France and the boys being late for school with Monsieur Lafayette.

I think I'd be intimidated to speak French around native speakers, in books and on TV they always seem to be looking down on tourists' attempts at French. Does art imitate life?

Date: 2010-07-28 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andolinn.livejournal.com
No, art does not imitate life. Hubby almost wouldn't go to Paris because of the tales he heard, but everyone there was very nice. I think it helped that I spoke a little French and tried.

Parisians live in very cramped quarters and they have social rituals to deal with it. You walk into a shop and you say "Bonjour." And they ask if they can help you and you say "Oui" or Merci, non." And you say goodbye and please. That and smiles seem to pave the way beautifully. Even if your accent isn't perfect.

Date: 2010-07-30 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diemme.livejournal.com
It's funny how that misconception persists. I was watching an old episode of Babylon 5 the other day in which Marcus and Ivanova go out searching for some of the First Ones (advanced aliens) to join them against the Shadows in the coming war. Ivanova makes a comment to the effect of "They know our language, they just refuse to speak to us in it." Marcus replies "Who knew they were French!" It's nice to know it's all hooey!

Parisians live in very cramped quarters and they have social rituals to deal with it. You walk into a shop and you say "Bonjour." And they ask if they can help you and you say "Oui" or Merci, non." And you say goodbye and please. That and smiles seem to pave the way beautifully. Even if your accent isn't perfect.

That's about the extent of my French. :(

Date: 2010-07-30 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andolinn.livejournal.com
*chuckles* I need a B5 icon!

I speak a bit more than that. I can point to a menu and say what I want in French and I can read things. But a smile and the niceties are what make the difference. Also, speak quietly - no one likes a loud Ugly American...or T&Tan!

Date: 2010-07-30 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diemme.livejournal.com
The raspberries are quite beautiful! :D

I'd fit right in then. My school career was one long chorus of "DM, speak up!"

Date: 2010-07-30 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] andolinn.livejournal.com
*howls*

See now my school career was a long (silent) chorus of teachers wishing I would stop pointing out inconsistancies and fellow students thanking dieties that I had asked the question, because nobody understood. Eventually, i worked out that if i was confused, so was half of the rest of the class. LOL

Date: 2010-07-30 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diemme.livejournal.com
I was always grateful for someone like you in the class. I was so self conscious that even giving the right answer and having attention on me was agonizing, far less for saying I didn't understand. And my voice was so timid that I think some teachers called on me the bare minimum out of sheer pity. It wasn't until college that I felt comfortable answering questions and contributing to discussions and even then it was "a little louder, DM."

Date: 2010-07-28 08:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maldini-3.livejournal.com
Yo no sabía hablar español! Esto es excelente! ¿Se puede practicar con uno al otro?

Date: 2010-07-28 06:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diemme.livejournal.com
Por supesto, podemos practicar!

Que lastima!

Date: 2010-08-03 12:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maldini-3.livejournal.com
Hola chica!

Como esta? Yo tengo un examen manana! Tenemos escribir una historia acerca de nuestros días. Esto es muy dificil para mi.

Los días de semana, en la mañana me gusta la ducha por un tiempo. Después de que me gusta cocinar el desayuno, casi todos los días voy a cocinar huevos revueltos con pan tostado.Cuando desayuno también ver las noticias en la televisión. A las ocho de la mañana voy a ir a trabajar en mi coche. En el trabajo me cocine sándwiches y venden bebidas. A las cuatro de la tarde termino de trabajar y conducir a la universidad para mis clases de español. Después de este viaje a casa y yo me estoy cansado por lo general en este momento. Mi novia me hace la cena a las siete de la noche. Casi todas las noches voy a estudiar para una hora y luego ver la televisión o leer un libro. Alrededor de las once de la noche iremos a dormir.

Los fines de semana voy a dormir la mayor parte de la mañana. Me despierto cuando estoy listo. Después de cocinar y comer el desayuno voy a limpiar la casa un poco. Entonces tengo tiempo libre por la tarde para hacer las cosas que me gusta. A veces voy a ir al cine con mi novia.

comprende?

Re: Que lastima!

Date: 2010-08-08 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diemme.livejournal.com
Si entiendo! Como esta tu examen?

Date: 2010-07-28 12:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winter-solstice.livejournal.com
awww...let's join the group hug. :D

Date: 2010-07-28 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diemme.livejournal.com
They are adorable, aren't they. I do feel a bit sorry for Pirlo with Sandro smushing him and Dida yelling right in his ear.

How are things, my love?

Date: 2010-07-29 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kaiserkehl.livejournal.com
si necesitas ayuda, dime. ok?.

hola/adiós.

Date: 2010-07-30 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diemme.livejournal.com
Hola, chica! Gracias, me gustaria practicar contigo...or is it con tuyo?

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