Wednesday, October 18, 2006

confession deux

thanks for all your well wishes. wow, i should get sick more often. i'm honored to have received such sweet notes! i got in some good yoga and meditation today despite still feeling quite weak. gotta get to bed soon as i'm dashing off to new york tomorrow for an all-day ladies who launch event and to get in some good new york yoga. ahhhhh.

ok, so while i'm on the confession kick, i must also share that my "use" of the beautiful french language is not pretty. my "accent" is a lovely blend of spanglish. i left class monday night so disappointed (you know that feeling from grade school of getting really frustrated over a math problem) that instead of taking a friend up on the offer of veggie sushi, i hit the nearby book store and got a BIG rice crispy treat. ate it on the walk home as i had a pitty party for my inability to speak fluently after the second class. so maybe fluently is a bit agressive, but i'm still trying to figure out the darn alphabet, accents, and pronunciation of the verb conjucation! i've been told there are some great french podcasts so i think i'll check them out.

i hope you are all taking good care of yourselves. this weather and time of the year can be tricky on the immune system and psyche. seems like we should be gathering our nuts and preparing for a nice long slumber, doesn't it? well, instead of gathering nuts (your neighbors may get nervous), pull out your journal, do some seasonal reflection, hit the yoga mat, and curl up with a good book. i'm with you in spirit! xo xo xo

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

i can definitely relate. until 2 years ago, i was never a fan of foreign languages simply because i was horrible at speaking! i took french for 3 years in high school, and then another 2 semesters in college... and to this day, cannot remember a thing! i then studied abroad in italy during my undergrad. and was forced to learn italian, which i was hesitant to do at first since i had such a hard time with french, how was italian going to be any easier? well, thankfully, the town i stayed in was very authentically italian and nobody spoke english... thus, if you wanted to get by, you needed to learn italian. i was amazed at how fast i picked up and fell in love with the language while i was over there and since being back, have been taking italian language classes in order to gain fluency in the language ASAP! the key is simply practice practice practice! learning a foreign language is humbling to say the least... and if you have a strong passion for it and try really hard (as i can see that you have for french) then you will definitely succeed! i also recommend going to the country and doing an intensive 1 month (or more!) language program -- but go to the small towns where tourism hasn't yet taken its toll. the people are usually more appreciative that you (esp. as an american) are trying to speak the language, and you'll pick it up instantly! its a great feeling... most def. :) good luck, or should i say, bonne chance!?!

PS: get well soon! and thanks for all the wonderful podcasts and blog entries!

cheers,
Lore

Anonymous said...

Oh, Kimberly- how do you say Rice Krispy treat in French?! I would have done the same thing...
It sounds like you are feeling better but take it easy- you don't want to relapse. It's hard living down here in S. Florida because you know everywhere else around you, people are pulling out their big sweaters and drinking hot chocolate. But down here, the winter time is our busiest time of year- we don't get to hibernate like we should! We're all backwards!
Anyway, have a wonderful time in NY. Let us know all about your trip!

Anonymous said...

I love Ladies Who Launch! Have a great time.

Paperback traveller said...

French movies help too. The NY public library has some great ones. I bet D.C. as well. Bon apre midi, mlle. wilson =)

Anonymous said...

Alas!
Hope you feel well soon! Resting is always the right decision - if you ignore your symptoms, you could end up with 6 weeks of bedrest!!
(Well, not likely..)
:)
Christina

Anonymous said...

Alas!
Hope you are better soon.
Resting is always the right decision. If you ignore your symptoms, you could end up with 6 weeks of bedrest!
(Well, not likely...)
:)
Christina

KLM said...

i can definitely relate! i was never a fan of foreign languages until i spent a semester in a small town in italy, where i got to fully immerse myself in the language and culture. nobody really spoke english in the town i stayed in, so we had to learn italian in order to survive. now, i love it so much i want to become fluent in it asap. learning a foreign language is a humbling experience, to say the least... and if you truly have a passion for learning it (which you do, with francais) then practice practice practice! :) that's definitely the way to go. in the future, if you could, definitely do a language immersion program in france (a small, authentic town as opposed to a big city like paris) for at least 1 month and then you'll really improve. good luck with learning the language, or should i say "bonne chance"?

:D