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'Y yo, aprendí el espagnol en France con estudiantes francéses que no pueden prononcer les 'r's.'*

There is an international internship program conducting interviews at my office this week. Most of the interviews are carried out in the language of the internship and I sat in on one, so now the director of the program keeps chattering away at me in French whenever he sees me.

I've been thinking in French and speaking French to myself today. French is like a drug and I'm hooked on it again. I love language because you can use it from day one. There is nothing useless in language** so there's nothing for me to get bored with. There's nothing pointless in it to someone like me, who can imagine situations where I would use any vocabulary I learn. Someday all the words for the equipment used to make glasses will come in handy!

Now there are students conversing in Spanish in the office. They're college-level Spanish speakers talking about classrooms, so it's a speed and a vocabulary I can handle. The Spanish has entered my brain and is roiling around with the French. Very little English is to be found on that top level of consciousness.

Don't expect to communicate with me today; there's nothing that can be done to save my poor feeble brain.

* Translation: And I, I studied Spanish in France with students who couldn't pronounce the 'r's.
** Except maybe the passé simple. What the hell use is that? Je ne vis pas d'application! Pourquoi eus-je besoin de ce temps?

srah - Tuesday, 15 February 2005 - 9:19 AM

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Comments (3)

gravatar kira - February 15, 2005 - 2:07 PM -

I think that the passe simple was the tense that involved my classmates and I cracking jokes for several days in a row about the French tense which consisted exclusively of sex sounds. And our teacher made a point of letting us know how useless it was.

gravatar jamelah - February 16, 2005 - 7:41 AM -

I always think it's fun when my brain gets stuck in one of those other languages that I used to study, but then can't remember important words because it's been a long time since I've had any real reason to use those languages, so I end up just making things up.

gravatar Mark - February 17, 2005 - 11:07 AM -

When you start dreaming in a language then you know it's "stuck on you" - so I've been told

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