|From:||Thomas Leigh <thomas@...>|
|Date:||Friday, January 10, 2003, 18:06|
> > Again with the French. :-)
> > I used to be a rampant French-basher, but Christophe
> > speaks the truth.
> > It's really not the dull, useless language you learn
> > in school.
> > Wait, am I defending French? WHAT HAS BECOME OF ME?!?!?
> well, I LOVE FRENCH
> so there
I went through both phases. I took six years of French (7th-12th grades)
and adored the language. After high school, though, I got into my "more
exotic" phase (Greek, Turkish, Czech...) and dismissed French as plain,
boring, and uninteresting. Now that I've passed 30 and come to my senses
about a lot of things, I have (re-)realised just what a fascinating,
beautiful language French is and how much I really do love it. The
problem is that a decade of not using tha language at all has caused my
abilities with it to deteriorate to a very pathetic level. I can still
read with a dictionary, but it takes a *lot* of time, and I can barely
speak or write it anymore. I could kick myself.
> > Uh... erm... nasalized vowels still make me want to vomit.
> > Or something like that.
Heh. You ain't seen nuthin till you get into Portuguese! Not only nasal
vowels, but nasal diphthongs! Yeah!