Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Lemming

Ok, I am aware that this is an immersion class, but I feel like it's 12 hours a day as opposed to 5. And why does the time pass so quickly here? I can sit down for 5 minutes, but when I look at the clock it's been a half hour. Must be something with the tides or something...

So today in class we did our grammar thing in the morning. We actually had a test. Oh yeah, another test. Oh - by the way I passed the verb test on Monday! Not by much, but I passed! The funny (or sad) thing was that the girl next to me saw my score and said; "Oh man, even you did better than me."

HA! HA! HA!

That's right folks, I was NOT the lowest score in the class!! I know this should not matter to me, but it gave me a little boost for the rest of the class. I think I should have been at least a little insulted by the comment, but I wasn't even the slightest bit annoyed. Hell, I wanted to take her out for beers for letting me know. Ok, back to today...

So we had this test that I thought was going to be on vocabulary and time like depuis, dans, en, il y a and things. In English it's kind of like since, during, ago and things like that. Well it was, but it was also on three other things that I had no clue about. The vocabulary was all fill in the blank with no choices. Seriously, give me something to work with here. I couldn't remember how the heck to say "fireworks" in French or "tablet" of aspirin. The funniest thing was we were supposed to write a recipie in French. I must have missed a class because I don't remember ever doing this. I made it more like directions and in English it went like this:
To make a goat cheese salad you need salad (I couldn't remember the word for lettuce), goat cheese and vinaigrette. You put salad on plate then put goat cheese on salad. With you put vinaigrette on salad and voila, there is goat cheese salad.

I know many of you have just now taken note of this amazing recipie. Let all your friends know that you have Susan to thank for this meal. Oh...I also titled it "Hot Goat Cheese Salad" and then couldn't think of the verb "to warm" so alas my cheese was cold. I guess I could have said "make hot" but I didn't.

After the test the teacher went on about something and said we were going to have the second part of the day in the language lab. When she let us out for break I packed my bag for the lab and was ready to go. I told the girl next to me "I don't even know where the building is that the lab is in, I'm just going to follow you." She looks at me and says "What? What do you mean?" I told her that the teacher said we were to meet in the lab in the other building. She then starts laughing and says; "Oh no Susan! We are on break now and we come back to this room after coffee. When we come back we will go to the next room, that is all."

I totaly was all packed up and ready to move. But hey, I did get one point higher than someone on the verb test. I will always have that memory to cherish.

4 comments:

Melissa said...

Girl, you SO crack me up!

Justin said...

Susan, thanks for the laugh this morning. Great work on the test! And that is cool that you found out you did better than someone else... it matters. I always have my lessons and tests alone, so when I don't do well on a test I have nothing to compare to. The last test I took I bombed. So bad, the teacher made me take it again because it had to be a mistake, no I was just that dumb that day. I think it said I was a beginner, and my teacher had a problem with me taking one year of lessons and being listed as a beginner ;-) But hey if it get my boss to pay for more, than I am okay with it.

As for lettuce, it is just "la salade"... yep the French are that descriptive with there food. La salade is made with la salade. ;-) Probably why you could not think of the word. I always forget it is too when I am in the supermarket...

Samantha said...

Oh my dear, this brings back so many memories of my first few months of learning French here - I was always so lost and felt like everyone else was light years ahead of me!!

And technically, lettuce is "laitue", but like Justin said, no one ever calls it that, it's just always "salade" instead.

Le Tigre in France said...

Hey well done on the test! ~writes goat cheese salad down for future preparation~. I love your posts, you crack me up. Sounds like you're getting a lot out of the classes, bon courage!