Thursday, November 10, 2005, 07:44 PM - General, FrenchWell, well.
How much does it annoy me to be put on the spot to translate something from French into English?
If you happened to be a fly on the wall in my house at the moment, you would hear a very common conversation (usually one-sided), where I beat myself up for not being able to retain words, but, being able to understand most conversations, or able to sit through French movies and come out understanding (mostly) : but! Not actually having the ability to construct the words / phrases together all the time.
I seem to be able to ask the student what they think the word is, they say it, I say yes or no. I look in the dictionary, and kick myself for not remembering the word that I knew what it was when I saw it.
So today: I had a student present me with a document to describe fashion trends, for the next season, using almost like a brain-storming style of set-up (words that don't always link up, strange combinations of words, French sayings etc...) She wanted me to help her translate it. It is a particular vocaulary, like most of the students I teach, so I am probably being unjustly hard on myself.
Bref, (as the French say):
I was driving to my most unfavourite job this morning (only because I drive a three hour round trip to teach people for four hours; starting from 6:30am), it was beautiful this morning. Most of the trees have lost their leaves now, and as the sun was coming up, the bare trees were sillouetted against the reddening sky.
Wednesday, November 9, 2005, 08:26 PM - GeneralI have been listening to Radio National's All in the Mind almost straight for the last few days, (catching up on the podcasts), I have found out some really interesting things. It is a really well produced program.
It is colder today.
Your breathe makes mist and there was a thin film of frost on the windscreen this morning when I ran the wiper blades over it.
Not looking forward to the cold again. I am told it might be worse than last year... I thought that was bad enough. I don't make a good Northern France inhabitant.
Tuesday, November 8, 2005, 07:58 PM - General, PoliticsI am having some problems understanding why the American press brings up the fact that the rioters in Paris (and elsewhere) are Muslims. I haven't heard this term labelling the rioters until now. Yes, sure, they are, mostly, but... I am not saying the French are perfect or anything, because I do agree that they like to think that they treat everyone equally (when they don't). No one is perfect I guess. I just didn't like the mention of insinuating that they were extremists, instead of just rioting because they were trying to prove their point.
Monday, November 7, 2005, 08:38 PM - General, Art/DesignI have been annoying the man to help me set up a blog for ages. So here is it.
I was asked by Shaw-han of The Blue House for the usage of another piece of work for a CD cover. This is the original work: