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September 12th, 2006


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01:24 pm - Working for the Government?
Looking at this page, I'm having 3 thoughts:
1) I hate Canada for being a freaking bilingual country
2) I SO should have listened to mom and taken French all through high school AND worked on it outside of school too
3) I REALLY need to kick my ass into gear and pass the French barrier this semester if I want to ever work in the Canadian government

My last French class on Friday, I actually understood about 90% of what the prof was saying.  He spoke completely in French, explaining the course and going through the outline.  I haven't taken French since grade 10, and when I took the placement test this summer, it put me in a second year French course even though I didn't take the first year one last year, so I was a bit afraid and more than a little rusty.  After last class, I'm a bit more reassured, though we'll have to see how it goes.  I think I can probably understand as long as the prof speaks fairly slow, but speaking it, writing it, and even reading it is going to be a different story (I HATE GODDAMN CONJUGATIONS!!!!).

The main problem is though, that I don't have any French friends, so I mean, 3 hours of class a week isn't really enough to become fluent in any language.  I need to make some friends or find someone who's fluent in French and is willing to sit down with me an hour or two everyday and just speak with me and let me practice my French on him/her.  ANYONE ON MY F-LIST UP FOR THE JOB?!??!?! I'LL PAY YOU!!!!!!!! OMG I WANNA PASS THIS FRENCH BARRIER!!! ;________;!!!

[EDIT]: On that same note, anyone want to come with me somtime to sit in on a House of Commons Session or a Supreme Court Hearing??  xDD I reeeeeeeeeeeally want to go to one but I'm too scared to go by myself  (or even if you just come with me to find the right room and then you can leave and go shopping on Sparks St. or whatever!  Please please please please pleeeeeeeeease???  I'll treat you to bubbletea or something!!)

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From:cavechan
Date:September 12th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
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I'm sure it shouldn't be that hard to find someone to speak French with. Is there like classes that are entirely in French? >_> I have no idea. =0=

At least Canada-r has an official language. =-= Even though every one here mostly speak english. Though people are saying "Spanish is becoming so common-place that it'll become America's official language!" These people forget that a lot of people here who speak spanish also speak english. xD

The people in my class are so amazing and so diverse. o_o Like this one guy and another girl speak spanish to each other all the time. One of my friends speaks Korean with this guy. My other friend also speaks... well, I don't know what it's called actually, but Bangladesh(I so spelt this wrong) is where her family is from.

I love that there are so many different languages in this world =D
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From:koneko_desu
Date:September 12th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
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Well yeah I love all the languages, until I have to learn one xDDDDDDDDDDDD My mom should've made me take like....all the languages of the world when I was 5 so by now I'd be fluent in all of them xDDDDDDD
From:_pseudonym
Date:September 12th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
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Haaa... omg, I went to write a little blurb in French, but I can't remember anything! I get the sentence, but I keep sticking Japanese particles and junk in there. I also keep putting the verbs at the end of sentences.

Bonjour Mengya!
Comment ca va (allez vous?)?
Mon Francais impressionnant n'est pas?!
Bonne chance en Francais!
(Hai! Anou... I mean, 'Oui! Oui!')

And... from the lovely translator - my sister, so let's hope she told me correctly!

La prochaine fois que je suis à Ottawa, j'irai au Parlement avec vous.

That *should* say, 'The next time I'm in Ottawa, I will go to Parliament with you'.

^_^ Maybe you can teach me French the next time you're down. *nod nod*

From:_pseudonym
Date:September 12th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
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あのう。。。 That should be 'La prochain fois que je suis a Ottawa, j'irai au Parlement avec tu'?

Gyah. I don't know. Argh to French!!!
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From:koneko_desu
Date:September 12th, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
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xDDD Good enough, I gotcha xD See that's what I mean with my French too, if you disregard grammar rules and spelling, I can get my some-what points across, but if you want me writing essays? I'd have better luck in Chinese xDD
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From:umbrellaofdoom
Date:September 12th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
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OOH, I WOULD LOVE TO GO TO A HOUSE OF COMMONS HEARING! PICK ME PICK ME! :D If my French were any good, I'd volunteer to help with the language thing, but if you tested at a 2nd year level, you beat me. XD
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From:koneko_desu
Date:September 12th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
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REALLY??!?!?! YOU WANNA COME WITH ME?!?!??! ALL RIIIIIIIIIGHT!!! LUCKY~!!!!!!!!! The House is on summer recess right now, I think they're back in session next week, I'll talk to you sometime on msn adn we can set a date and time and stuff since we've gotta get around courses and you've gotta get down here xDD Then we can go for bubbletea after and discuss the stupidity of our government (my treat of course!) YATTA!! THANK YOU!!!
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From:yingfa89
Date:September 12th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
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(*raises hand*) I can help!! I speak it fluently!!^^
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From:koneko_desu
Date:September 13th, 2006 01:35 am (UTC)
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Ah oui! Vous vivez dans Quebec ne c'est pas? (I totally butchered that didn't I?)

Awesome!! we'll have to like, set up some time so we can msn in french or something, at least that'll up my reading and writing skills! But if you go blind from my awful spelling and grammar I'm not paying doctor fees xDD
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From:yingfa89
Date:September 13th, 2006 09:49 am (UTC)
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Tu peux me tutoyer^^ Pour le moment, je vais eviter les accents, car mon ordi semble vouloir m'ignorer...

D'accord! A-t-on la meme heure? The weekends will be alright. If you have a mike we could speak to each other.

"Vous vivez a (with accent) Quebec, n'est-ce-pas?"
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From:koneko_desu
Date:September 13th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
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Omg thank you soooooooo much!! The weekends would be totally awesome! Maybe say around....8pm or 9pm? (Quebec is Eastern time too right?)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 13th, 2006 07:47 pm (UTC)
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To tell you the truth, I don't know which time zone it is, but it should be the same as Ottawa...I think. Technically, I should be there all day, but if you want to talk around night, it would be best if you popped up at the latest 8 so we could talk until 9. I'm a very early sleeper, sorry.

Everyday, I'm on the computer early in the morning until 6h30am on weekdays. For the weekends, I'm here, technically, all day, but, on Sundays, I can't talk after 8h since I have school the day after.

See ya soon!!
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From:koneko_desu
Date:September 13th, 2006 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Ah awesome awesome, just set up my brand new mic too~! Ok, so a little earlier on the weekends, np, I just didn't want to make it so early that it interferes with other stuff you have to do during the day ^^;;
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From:toxicfrog
Date:September 12th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
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I've always been angry that I stopped with french as well. It would be so useful now~ >o I wish I could speak french ;_;

You can always find a french radio station and listen to it whenever you're studying or something. Maybe it will subconsciously get stuck in your brain :/ And at least you can be listening to French speaking people outside of class.

If you're into podcasting I suggest downloading bandeapart's podcast for current french-canadian music and c'est la vie's word of the week podcast (they also have their regular radio show as well, but i've never caught it.. friday nights >_<)

GOOD LUCK~!
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From:koneko_desu
Date:September 13th, 2006 12:09 pm (UTC)
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podcast....is that somehow related to ipod?? me no have ipod of any type ;__;
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From:toxicfrog
Date:September 16th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
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they're pretty much a pre-recorded radio broadcast that's been uploaded to the internet.. most are offered in mp3 format ^_^

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