Post by Annette Claus on May 8, 2009 6:54:55 GMT 9.5
I took french courses for six years but I can't speak it fluently at all. I know a few words and phrases but if you left me in France I would be so lost! I'm also really mad at myself for not pursuing it, because this year I didn't take it and I am regretting it so much! Now if I want to take it I have to go back a year, so I'll be with the grade below me (I'm in high school still). That probably doesn't sound like a big deal but I am not an outgoing person at all so I would probably be such a loner in that class!
I can say one not so nice sentence in Italian and I can order a beer in German. But I don't like beer and I wouldn't be allowed to order one anyway so that doesn't do me much good does it? ;D
I didn't do french at school I learnt what I know from Eddie Izzard, on Circle he does an entire show in french as well as random sketches on his other tours. I found it really helpful because he tries to keep it conversational and so it's easier to see where you could fit things into an actual conversation.
I'm beginning Latin now and Middle High German - I love the languages of the Middle Ages :-)
Oh my, does that mean you're one of those poor sould who started to learn Greek before they knew Latin, or am I getting things mixed up? If you are, you're a braver person than me. If I hadn't known Latin, I wouldn't have survived my Greek course. Our teacher doesn't wait for stragglers, and the wounded are left behind, plain and simple. That said, she's an awesome teacher. But the poor theology students who come to her course usually go up to three rounds with her instead of one or two because she works on the assumption that it's a course for philologists. No reason to explain the workings of an AcI again if you just have to say "check Latin for reference".