Sunday, August 21, 2011
Un petit mot
3:58 PM French
Bonjour! C'est tentative moi le rédiger un petit mot dans la Française. Avec l'aide de Google Translate. Mais j'ai heureuse parce j'ai pas nécessaire il bien. (Mais je pense j'ai fait beaucoup erreurs dans grammaire, haha!). Je suis mieux à la lecture que l'écriture dans Française. Il est trop fatiger pour continuer rédiger dans Française, et je vais fin maintenant.
Hello! This is my attempt at writing a few words (or a little note?) in French. With the help of Google Translate. But I am happy because I have not needed it much. (But I think I have made many grammatical errors, haha!) I am better at reading than writing in French. It is too tiring to continue writing in French, and I will end here now.
It is ridiculous how heureuse (happy) making progress in learning new things makes me. J'adore apprendre (I love learning). Also, I have started reading Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry - by "started reading" I mean I have successfully read l'introduction or le dédicace. But it's a start!
Learning a new language makes me more conscious of the other languages I faintly know. When my parents talk in Cantonese these days I ask what certain words mean and I try to pick up grammatical rules and how sentences are constructed. It's all so fascinating.
Of course, the biggest motivator for learning a new language is to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for its culture - and with it, insights one would never gain when simply looking through eyes of a tourist.
(Which is why people who use words carelessly and casually and don't use accurate definitions to describe things irk the crap out of me. How else are we supposed to communicate our ideas and values and thoughts? How else are we supposed to understand each other?)
In the words of James Michener, "I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions."