Friday, January 22, 2016

Bonjour!

I started an adult education class last night--French for travelers.

I was the only one who actually did not have definitive travel plans, but one can dream.

A fellow student recommended some phone apps.  One was duo lingo.  It has any number of languages if you are so inclined.  I did the most basic lesson and I was informed, with a bit of computer fanfare, that I am now 1% proficient in French.
But, I have to start somewhere and I can say, "Je parle un peu francais."  Unfortunately, I do not know how to put the little beard thingie under the c.

I have homework to do.

I think I will also assign myself to re-read Me Talk Pretty One Day.

13 comments:

  1. You are a busy lady. It is hard for me to learn languages. Americans should be embarrassed most of us only speak one language when the rest of the world thinks nothing of speaking multiple languages.

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  2. I too have trouble learning other languages. Good on you for launching into learning something new.

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  3. Whenever we travel I make sure I know how to say, "Where is the bathroom?" and "Thank you."

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  4. And not necessarily in that order...

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  5. Congratulations on your 1% proficiency! No long range travel plans? Where there is smoke, there is fire sort of thing?

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  6. Good for you! I have some residual high school French, but when I have an opportunity to use it, I totally forget everything I know. Have fun with it.

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  7. French is such a beautiful language. In the movies, even one gangster saying he is going to gut the other sounds almost romantic in French. Good luck and enjoy the journey.

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  8. There has to be a sado-masochist strain for those who want to learn French...how about Spanish, Italian or Swedish?

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  9. "Thank you" is almost enough in many places. Plus nonverbal gestures and smiles.

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  10. That memoir you mentioned by David Sedaris was hilarious. Yes, do re-read that book.

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  11. You're growing brain cells and neurons for sure, Olga! I took sign language a few years ago - that was a challenge, too.

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  12. I made A's in high school Spanish and so I proudly volunteered to help in our migrant ministry at the church. I found that I could not speak "Mexican" as the small children laughed at my attempted use of their language. Ron always thought we should learn Chinese.

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  13. Learning the language is the first step, next thing you know you'll be booking tickets!

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