Tuesday, January 13, 2009
For the past couple of years I had been trying to learn some Italian on my own just by listening to a set of CD's I bought. They are helpful as far as pronunciation and knowing some basic words and I was starting to feel pretty comfortable with it. Lately I have been wanting to learn some French as well so I bought the same set of CD's in French. I am nearly losing my mind. I liken this to tennis and racquetball. I grew up playing tennis, was on the tennis team in high school and took it as an elective in college. I needed two physical fitness credits though so I also took a semester of racquetball. Racquetball ruined my tennis game and I was never all that great at racquetball, as a result I am now a runner and shy away from racquet sports altogether. I am afraid French will destroy what little Italian I have learned. French pronunciation is hard for me; the spelling is jacked up as well but that doesn't bother me like those throaty "r's".
So last night I decided that when I am doing boring chores around the house I will listen to one lesson in French and then afterward to the same lesson in Italian. I'm not sure I can live at that speed, though it was fun trying. Along the way people have given me books and calendars in both languages. I have hidden them all until now. I put the French calendar on my desk at work and as you can see the quirky little French sentence of the day is: "It's the best artichoke I've ever had."
Bluff City Coffee has an Italian calendar on their counter at the cash register with the Italian sentence of the day. That's always fun to learn while you're waiting for your non-fat latte with no foam, or whatever your coffee drink of choice is. Wish me luck! Buona Fortuna! Bonne Chance!