Wednesday, July 19, 2006

je ne sais quoi

i am passionate about this beautiful language and determined to learn a bit more beyond my pathetic butchering of it. when in montreal last year for my birthday i would approach a local and ask, "parle vous anglais?" the poor souls would look at me with a big question mark. i quickly realized that my annunciation was way too off to be taken seriously so i'd simply say, "do you speak english?" that got WAY better results.

so, it's time to do something about it beyond the purchase and skimming of entre nous: a woman's guide to finding her inner french girl. a cute book, i must say, but i'm dying to dive into the culture. just checked online for a local class and found one where i can make 8 out of 10 classes if i do a small amount of finageling. soooo excited. sure, who needs another thing added to their plate but come on girls, we're talking french here! the language where so many fabulous words evolved: fete, cafe, soiree, laissez-faire, oui, au contraire, au revoir, s'il vous plait, chic, boudoir.

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Divina Latinista said...

Way to go and good luck with your classes!

I'm in love with Japan, Tokyo in particular (my fave city behind NYC) and learning Japanese is something I have on my desire list. I'll do it soon enough but it's great to see you taking the next step in learning a language you admire.

the most modern of bombshells said...

Congrats! I also love that book. I picked it up along with a ton of other French-loving books in the span of about a month or two. Delicious little tidbits. However, my personality is not French! I'm far far too outgoing!

I am however, like the other poster, also enamoured with Japanese culture. I took the big dive and I'm heading back to school full time again in the fall. What was one of the first classes I had to take? Why Japanese I of course! Hurrah for learning something new and different! I'm also taking yoga and pilates while in school so I'll have a real practice again. School will be stressful, but I'm hoping the yoga will help.