fail my french exam Why I oughta...: fail my french exam

By kazu on Wednesday, November 17, 2004 - 11:22 pm:

    on Saturday. And I will. Fail. My. French. Exam.

    It's stupid really. Just a department requirement.
    I took a reading class this summer, practiced a
    bit, but then it took forever to schedule the damn
    thing and I've forgotten all the words I learned.

    We tried to get them to pass a provision in the
    requirements to allow us to use a dictionary for
    the whole time instead of just part of the time which
    really sucks for me because I am good at the translation
    part, but bad at the reading part. plbbbth. Oh well.

    In good news, I met with my advisor today for my pre-
    exam list consultation and we had an excellent conversation.
    After four and a half years of course work all my shit is finally
    coming together and that feels good.

    And if anyone can recommend any good historical or
    political, critical and theoretical reading for the period
    1940-1960's in America please let me know. It doesn't
    matter if it's liberal or conservative (as long as it doesn't
    lean too far either way), it just needs to be interesting and
    theoretically and methodologically sound.

By dave. on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 05:09 am:

    french is a fucker of a language. i aced two years of german but, when i thought i'd try to conquer another language, i chose french and failed. failed really badly after only the first quarter. i was a senior in high school and in bad shape gpa-wise so i sacrificed that credit for study hall to bolster the rest of my credits. i squeaked through and graduated with a half credit to spare. that was 20 years ago.

    damn, that was 20 years ago.

By kazu on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 11:42 am:

    I should have chosen Spanish. I've taken French, Spanish, and German. I like Spanish the best but thought French would be a better academic choice because of my literary theory background. But it really doesn't matter.

    I can read the news in French. That's something.

By Gee on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 12:42 pm:

    they say german is the easiest language to learn for those of us who speak english.

    over here they force us to take french for at least 8 years, and I still can't remember more than a couple of words. whenever people speak french around me, I usually end up saying whatever french words I know, so it sounds something like this:

    "Bonjour! Quest que c'est? Je m'appelle... Bibliotech!"

By Sye on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 01:01 pm:

    haha, your name's library.

By Dougie on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 01:02 pm:

    Bon courage, notre petite chou. Tu réussiras très bien, j'en suis sûr.

By Nate on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 01:58 pm:

    did you call kazu a little cabbage?

By Antigone on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 02:02 pm:


By Nate on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 02:21 pm:

    merde and stinky farts, too

By Sye on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 02:42 pm:

    what's merde, tig?

By Antigone on Thursday, November 18, 2004 - 03:04 pm:

By kazu on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 09:20 am:


    I passed one part of the exam and failed the other
    part. The interesting thing is that I failed the translation
    (using a dictionary) and passed the reading (without a
    dictionary). I'm not surprised that I failed the first part as
    I knew I messed up a lot of the grammar, but I am shocked
    that I passed the second part.

By wisper on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 07:07 pm:

    if it makes you feel any better i took 10 years of french class and now i can't even watch a french children's show and know what the hell is going on.

    French is not very useful, unless you want to move up here and get a high-paying government job.
    And fuck the whole "le/la" masculine/feminine bullshit. It's so arbitrary.

    Here's the french part of a Reese Peanut Butter Cups package!-
    3 moules au beurre d'arachides

    Beurre d'arachides enrobe de PUR chocolate au lait

    Information Nutritionnelle par portion de 51g (3 morceaux)

    I like some parts of french. I like how the translation of Egg Nog is "lait de Poulet", which means "chicken's milk".

    I like how potatoe is "pomme de terre", which means "apple of the earth".

    And grated parmesean cheese is "fromage rappe", so for years now, whenever they run out, my parents write RAPE on their grocery list.
    They think it's hilarious!
    ah, my parents....

    Of course, a favorite of 3rd graders everywhere, those playfull creatures at Sea World that we would call a seal, in french is called "une fuque".
    Pronounced 'fuck' of course.

By TBone on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 08:01 pm:

    I was no good for french. I couldn't get over the fact that some words could be a bajillion letters long and be pronounced with one half-hearted syllable.

By Platypus on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 09:20 pm:

    I hope the lederhosen helped, Kazu.

    I knew French once, sorta. I wonder where it went.

By lapis on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 09:51 pm:






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