Parlo italiano

Remember when I said I was going to Blog Every DAY in June (BEDJ)?  And then I only posted about 7 or 8 times?  Good, I don’t remember that, either.

Let’s move on then.  I’m currently writing more drabbles, but in the meantime, let’s talk languages.

My brother just returned home from spending six weeks in Quebec taking an intensive French immersion program in order to improve his French.  He had an awesome time and he’s come back speaking pretty decent French.

It’s given me the opportunity to try to practice my own French.  And I hate to admit this, but my French has all but disappeared over the years.

What’s worse is I attended a French immersion school from the time I was 4 until the time I was 11.  My mum spoke French to me at home when I was little to encourage it.  I always did well in French classes when I moved back to an English school.  But now?  I have trouble stringing coherent French sentences together beyond “Bonjour, comment ca va?”  Or my brothers and I will just string ridiculous French words together to make silly phrases, cuz that’s all we remember. (La chat mange ma tête.  L’ananas et le bonhomme est dans ma poche.)

There’s been a few reasons why my French has become so horrible over the years.  In high school, I went back to French basics.  I know that seems like a lame excuse, but I went from being fluent in French to spending class time filling in basic translation forms.  Then in grade ten, I started to take Italian classes.  And Latin classes.  I wanted to learn Italian because a lot of the opera pieces I was learning in my vocal music class were in Italian and it sounded like such a neat language.  So I started to take Italian.  And soon, parlo italiano.  Amo parlare l’italiano.

My love for Italian caused me to stick French on the backburner… And it wasn’t long before I was confusing the two languages.

Then I stopped all together.

So.  That is my long winded way of saying that I want to refresh my French and regain my confidence speaking it.  I still am quick to understand French, I just need to work on being able to speak it and string coherant sentences together.  Let’s hope I’m better at this than I was at BEDJ.

Wine and Love: Nine

Wine & LoveOops, I’ve kinda fallen off the BEDJ bandwagon, haven’t I?  It’s been pretty busy around here, so I haven’t gotten down to it.  Plus, I often whinge about failing at coming up with blog post topics.  Luckily, it’s Thursday, though… which means time for Wine and Love.

Wine and Love is hosted by Suki. The concept is simple – each Thursday you post about what’s making you reach for the wine glass and what you’re loving.  Head over to Suki’s blog to link up!

Wine

  • It’s the same week in and week out; work.  I sound like a broken record, I realise.  I’ve taken a close look at what I would need to do to change this and I’m realising that things will probably never change.  So I need to either suck it up and deal with it, or move on.  So I’m working on that.

Love

  • It’s officially summer!   Looking forward to less traffic on the roads, slightly quieter office and the chance to get stuff done.
  • School’s out… Still waiting for those final grades.
  • It’s my fellow Vodka Girl and good friend, Heather’s birthday this weekend!  Go wish her a happy birthday!
  • Making music.  I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from this while life has been busy and I was really starting to miss it.  I’ve start just messing around on my beloved Doherty.  She’s in need of a tuning.  I also really want to relearn the uke.  I’ve been having fun with it.  I’m not sure if I’ll go back to the band or not, but right now I’m just enjoying playing around with different arrangements and harmonies.
  • Speaking of harmonies and music:

Amazing, aren’t they?  I’m so impressed by the control they have over their voices.  There is also a video of the younger girl, Maisy, doing a cover of my favourite Aussie singer/songwriter Missy Higgins’ Secret.  Actually, here it is:

 

What are you w(h)ining about and loving this week?

 

Wine and Love: Eight

It’s time for Wine and Love, hosted by Suki. The concept is simple – each Thursday you post about what’s making you reach for the wine glass and what you’re loving.  Head over to Suki’s blog to link up!

Wine…

  • 14 hour work days are NOT my friend
  • School crunch time is truly upon me.  Most of my papers and final business are due in the next two weeks.
  • The weather’s been bananas and thanks to that, my migraines have been frequent and I can’t shake this cold.  Thankfully I’ve got my voice back for the most part, but every so often, I go to talk and have no voice, have a squeaky voice or have a deep man voice.  That’s awesome for business meetings.

 

Love…

  • The busy part of the work year is almost at an end.  I could not be happier.  Now I might actually get the chance to catch up on some of the work that’s been piling up while I’ve been covering for my coworker
  • School will be done soon.  Another piece of paper to add to the collection!
  • Half day Fridays are seriously making my weeks and keeping me sane.  So grateful for them.
  • An exciting opportunity has presented itself to me.  That’s all I’m going to say about it at this point, because I’m superstitious.

 

What are you w(h)ining about and loving this week?