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OT: Slightly OT: French as a second language

From:Steve Kramer <scooter@...>
Date:Saturday, November 17, 2001, 20:59
On Fri, 16 Nov 2001, Aquamarine Demon wrote:

> >I occasionally slip into other languages to annoy and entertain, mostly to > >annoy, my friends and relatives. So I'll say "fortasse" or "peut-etre" > >smetimes. > > Hehe... I speak French sometimes to annoy my sister.... ;) > Just simple stuff like "pourquoi", "je ne sais pas" or "ma soeur est pénible"... > but it annoys her anyways, because she doesn't know what I'm saying.... > hehe... it's fun to be (semi)bilingual. :) >
Attempting to have French as your second language when you are an American can be an intensely frustrating experience. First off, it's rather rare; Spanish is the U.S.'s second language, so my fluency is now terrible from lack of use. Then there's the connotation of French as a "posh" language, leading to its misuse in embarrassing ways...I don't know how many stores or products I've seen, or even people I've met, with "French" names that are completely incorrect! Including a co-worker, Montre\ - that's an _accent grave_ on the final 'e' - who pronounced her name /m&n.tre/. It took a lot to keep me from pronouncing her name /mQ~ntr_h/... (Is that right? This X-SAMPA is going to drive me to drink...) And then there're my American and Canadian friends calling the Que/becois "French"...arrrrgh. -- Steve Kramer || scooter (at) buser dot net || _____________________ =================================================== | __/^\__ ,-^,| |/~ \_ { / | "I'm a little teapot, short and stout, \/\ |! | Here is my handle, / / ) |___ Here is my other handle -- (_ \ \ / Oh, crap, I'm a sugar bowl!" ~v^ ?_,-'


Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
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