Saturday, March 24

So anyway

Recently I decided that I would like to learn something new. I like to learn things, even if I never use the information. These days things I learn have a distressing tendency to leave me pretty quickly. This is a new experience for me. I used to have a mind like a ... you know those thingies they put out to catch wild animals. Except I think they've been outlawed as being cruel. Which may be why I can't think of it.

What was I saying? Oh, yes. Learning stuff. The other problem is lack of time. After work I just want to go home and relax. Weekends are usually full of chores and errands. If I have free time then I usually spend it with friends or enjoying doing nothing. I'm really good at doing nothing. Well not really nothing because that would be staring out into space. Which I can be good at also. Except even then I'm usually doing something even if you can't tell. But trust me, my mind is busy. With what? Um ... let me get back to you on that.

I have friends who are writers, and they are always talking about people talking in their heads. I have that. And no they aren't just voices. I have whole story lines going on inside my head. I just don't have the ambition to write them down. Those writer friends talk about the people in their heads bugging them to put it all on paper. Well not on paper, really. Who does that these days? But they put it in their computer. The people in my head seem to be quite content to stay there. I guess they don't have much ambition either.

I guess I don't have much ambition in general or else I would be moved to actually "get out there." Well, I'm not. Out there is too demanding. Out there requires a schedule that you have to stick to which leads to rushing around which feels too much like a job. I have one of those already. And you end up missing TV shows. Not that there's anything good on right now anyway, unless you like basketball. Not a huge sports fan here. I used to go to games in school but that was school spirit stuff. Most of the time I had no clue what was going on.

And speaking of which, where was I? Right, right. Learning stuff.

And I don't even watch a lot of TV either. But I have certain shows I do enjoy and it ticks me off that I only watch a handfull of hours during the week and they've taken that from me.

Huh? Oh yeah. Learning stuff.

See, I don't watch a lot of TV because most of the time I prefer to read. And then there are all those story lines in my head. There's this one in the 13th century. Or maybe 14th? Would it really matter? Its pretty good, if I can only figure out why an intelligent woman would be out in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a storm. But I'm working on it.

Okay, OKAY! Geez. So I decided to learn a new language. I took Spanish in school but that was a long time ago. And besides which, what's the fun of learning a language a lot of other people already know? I debated between French and Italian. Italian I thought would be really cool, because who else speaks it? Except Italians, I mean. But then I thought of all the Dorothy Sayers books I've enjoyed and they often have bits of French in them because Lord Peter, that's the character, is both well educated and well read. I'm not sure why knowing French equates with being well read. Anyway I thought it would be cool to learn some French and then when I see stuff like that in books I'll know what they are saying.

So I want to learn French but I don't want the hassle of a scheduled class. Plus which I remember those long ago Spanish classes and they made you learn grammar and other boring stuff. Not that grammar isn't important. Bad grammar bugs me. Bad punctuation bugs me even more. And this deal with text messaging where they type everything lower case and abbreviate everything ... very annoying.

Sorry. Back to learning something. I figured out that what I really wanted was more of a conversational French. I do audio books, downloading and stuff, and I found one that will teach you basic conversational French. And so far its not boring. Also, if I ever get to France I can now order coffee. With milk. Heck, I can even do tea with sugar. I'm still working on bread, cheese and wine. I'll get there.

And speaking of wine, can you tell that I was writing this while drinking a big glass of white? Well I did put the glass down while using the keyboard. Except for those words that only required the right hand.

*sigh* I almost put this under the Midless Rambling category. Put the glass DOWN, McB! And I didn't even have one of those. Categories, I mean. The glass I had. Its empty now. So I guess this blog is done.

8 comments:

bon cheri bomb said...

Bonjour! Vous semblez très heureux aujourd'hui. Avez-vous un autre verre de vin à partager avec un ami?

Isn't the internet amazing? You type a couple simple sentences into Word, hit Translate, et voila!

My vocabulary is a bit rusty, but I do remember an awful lot of French. And bits of Spanish. Matter of fact, left to do it myself, I'm sure I can write several sentences of mangled together French/Spanish that would make sense to no one but me.

Kind of like when I write several sentences in English. Sigh.

McB said...

Bonjour to vous too. I'm pretty sure you weren't asking me if I want coffee. But I think there was something in there asking me if I want wine. um ... with a friend? And the answer is yes!

McB said...

Okay, I've had time to think about it now. Also to use Babel Fish.

J'ai toujours un verre supplémentaire pour un ami.

bon cheri bomb said...

Ooops. I was in such a hurry yesterday I didn't fix the assumption Word made that I was talking to a man. One I didn't know very well.

Sigh.

Je suis tres bete. (some phrases just stick with you)

Let me know if you learn how to ask for directions in French. Might come in handy if we ever make it to Canada.

btuda said...

Hrmph. I only remember a little bit of awful French. Those 8:00 AM classes were not the best for absorption.

Le petit renard rouge a sauté par-dessus le grand chien brun.

OK, this is really funny. I put in, "I'm a little teapot, short and stout ..." and got, "Je suis une petits théière, short et bière de malt…"

Translated back to English, I got, "I am small a teapot, shorts and beer of malt…"

Which I think is even funnier.


I think I ended up excelling in speaking the language badly. Neat tool though. I'm going to have to translate those notes from high school I saved. I have no idea what they say now.

Cary said...

MCB, thanks for the laugh. What's that CB slogan again? CBs don't let CBs drink and blog?

As for the French lessons, hon, I think learning the bread, cheese, and wine request is way more important than asking for coffee! French coffee? French cigarettes? Non! French cheese - brie, camembert; French wine - Champagne, chardonnay, pinot gris; French bread - cruets, cruellers, croissants. Ah, ami, this is la vie!

bon cheri bomb said...

Don't forget the ficelles!

McB said...

Je voidrais en ficelle.

Or something like that.