Tuesday, May 17, 2011

je voudrais une machine de temps

After a two month hiatus, I have resumed my French lessons with the fantastic Professeur. With the French lessons back in my life (which is funny, because my life is like one long, rambling, never ending French lesson) I've found myself quite interested in finding out who it is that invented the French language. Like who was the person who actually sat down and made all this stuff up? Because I really want to hop in a time machine, travel back in time, hunt them down, and hit them over the head with a shovel.

That's pretty much it. 

A time machine and a shovel, 

that's all I need.

bisou

30 comments:

  1. In an ironic twist, this happens to be all I'm learning about in a class called "History of English." The history of English is really the history of Nordic and romance languages. :(

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  2. If you find that time machine let me know; I have a few more people for you to hit over the head. Bonne chance with the French lessons.

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  3. Good luck with the French lessons! I have never tried learning but it sounds ridiculously hard. They talk so fast as well!

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  4. Nice use of the conditional! :) And of course it couldn't just be called "a time machine" in French, it has to have several different names depending on what you want to do with it!
    -une machine à remonter le temps
    -une machine à explorer le temps
    -une machine à voyager dans le temps

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  5. i said the exact same thing about german once!! but not that i'd go hit him with a shovel, just have a convo about how there doesn't need to be fem, mas, and neutral articles in front of every single noun. so annoying.

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  6. Comment dit-on "there's a line of people with shovels..."

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  7. I can recommend a movie that I saw that helped me understand the convolutions in the French language. It's called "Ridicule". Bonne chance pour tes leçons.

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  8. I've been studying French for so long /living in France for almost a year. I still wouldn't say I'm fluent. At this point all I need is a copain!!!

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  9. Too funny. Are you fluent yet? It's a tough language. Have a great Wednesday! xo

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  10. Got the time machine now I just have to invent the shovel...

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  11. I'll lend you the shovel.

    Faster pussycat - Kill! Kill!

    You make me laugh.
    xx

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  12. haha i feel your pain. i tried to teach myself german one summer. giant fail. but i AM kind of jealous you're learning french. i love that language.

    xo.ashley

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  13. Sara, give him a good whack for me when you get there :-). It is always fun to visit here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  14. I've been tossing around the idea of resuming my French lessons. But I fear I will NEVER learn to speak even basic French and I will simply waste money and time. It really is such a challenging language.

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  15. I smell what you're steppin' in sister. I'm sure when you find the "who" they will be partying with the Italians having a contest to see who can come up with the most 'exceptions' to grammar rules - and they are all drunk and fighting over whose wine is better. It's all connected, you see. xo

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  16. You can preserve! It'll happen with time and practice.

    French is such a beautiful language, in my opinion, I'd be sad if you some how did manage to go back in time and stop if from existing!

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  17. If you REALLY want to know where the French language came from, at least in terms of its more recent political background, read THE DISCOVERY OF FRANCE by Graham Robb - NYT book review here:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/04/books/review/Weber-t.html

    As an American who is about to move to France and who needs to relearn French after many years, the book made me feel less intimidated about everything to do with French culture and language.

    I am so enjoying your blog. You make me laugh out loud. More pictures of Fifty would not go amiss :)

    Cheers,

    Katherine

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  18. Well I can offer you a shovel...

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  19. Good luck with the continued French Lessons. I started learning in High School, and did well enough (B's) to get into Intermediate French in College. Big Mistake. Everything was conducted in French, not in French and English. I Got a D, barely avoiding a Fail. Now I stick to CD Lessons, especially when I want to go to Quebec.

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  20. I've decided I neeeeed to speak French after reading Julia Child's My Life in France - want to take cooking lessons with me when I move to Paris? Good, I knew you would! xx.

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  21. Dunno why but this post reminded me of the Friends episode when Phoebe tries to teach Joey French but it comes out like a bunch of gobeldygoo.

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  22. French is most defo a tough tough language!
    But it could be "worse"...I complain about learing Greek too but at least we're not trying to tackle Arabic, or Chinese!

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  23. I feel the same about german! Trying to learn it b/c the bf's family is german, and some don't speak any language! It's so hard to learn!

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  24. Dear Sara,
    I'll like to do the same with a machine travel back!
    French language is so delicious, I love sound of words. I'm able to undertsnad when I read but unable to talk! Could you give me lessons?
    Bisou, Babi

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  25. Here's hoping the person who invented Japanese lived right next door, we can help each other.

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  26. Let me know when you get that time machine. I had a really cute pair of heels a couple seasons back and can't imagine what's happened to them...

    Pearl

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  27. I'm with Pearl...I found this purse at the bottom on the Spanish steps in Italy about a decade back, at the Furla store (when Italy was still on the lira and the purse was still cheap) and I've been thinking about that dang thing for a decade...

    So, I'm just sayin' if you figure it out I could totally go back and get that purse. Oh, and there are a few teeeeensy mistakes with some boys after a few too many drinks that I would like to *ahem* tell myself not to make.

    Hmmm...

    Now that I'm thinking about it, this time machine could seriously work to my advantage.

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  28. You make me laugh! I'm sure you'll master (okay - MANAGE) French in no time at all.

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  29. Oh my gosh, I SOOOOO feel ya! I mean who thought of some of this crap!

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