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Me: I have a Spanish final tomorrow at 9am. I'm going to work to study; I've had to work day and night for two weeks and I'm not ready for the test.
His Brianness: Psh. What a waste of time.
It's not ideal, but it will help to study at least a little.
No. It's stupid to take a class to learn a language. Can you say anything in Spanish?
(struck mute with performance anxiety) ... Well ... ¡Hola! (does not pronounce the H, having learned that much)
Very handy. How would you order the taco platter?
El taco platter, por favor.
Taco is taco? Platter is platter?
Hell, Brian, if that's what it says on the menu, I think the person taking your order will understand it.
No one learns a language by taking a class.
Yes. They do. You just didn't stick with French long enough, that's why you think that.
No. Studies show that it's not an effective way to learn a language.
Oh, I guess that's why no one offers any language classes.
It's true.
No one has EVER learned a language by taking classes?
(pause) That's right.

Then I left but I went to the gym first and then when I got to the office I did a little more work and now I'm just about ready to do that studying, for all the good it will do me.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 7th, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
so not true
I learnt a lot of Francais when I had a great Francais teacher in HSchool. So there. Classes.
You just need to go back to HSchool and have Madam Lippe.

May. 7th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC)
Re: so not true
Sounds like a plan. I will send him back to high school with instructions to have Madame Lippe.

I finished studying. Now I have to go home and shower and come back and take the test. Then I think I will take a nap. I hope I can manage to do all these things in the right order.
May. 8th, 2005 10:51 pm (UTC)
Hope you kicked ass on your final. (13 years of french, 3 of latin, 1 each of Russian & German, 1 semester of Spanish: I can speak French, used to be decent at German, can pronounce Russian words, can understand Italian because of the French, and never did my spanish homework so I can order beer which I don't drink and swear at you which I wouldn't)

Kick ass.
May. 9th, 2005 02:43 am (UTC)
Thanks! I didn't exactly kick its ass; maybe barked its shins a bit.
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May. 9th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC)
Re: I learned a language while taking a class.
Oh yeah, the air is thick with witty repartee here in Stavishland. Problem is, I have done a bit of research and noted that family-based sitcoms require that the central figures be a dumpy, dopey guy married to a clever gal with a killer body. Hey, why don't YOU guys have your own sitcom? LOLOLOLOL!!!!! JK!!!! Sike!!!!!
May. 9th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
I think classes are essential for building the foundation of reading and writing, but I am afraid they are not very useful for learning how to *speak* a language. But, then again, I've never taken a structured _conversation_ class. The one that UMCP offers is alway scheduled for something like 1 p.m. MWF.

Are you going to take another Spanish class? I'm taking SPAN201 at UMCP during the second summer session. I feel like I must be kinda crazy to do it, but I'm doing it anyway. It's TWTh 6 - 9.
May. 9th, 2005 02:33 pm (UTC)
I'm going to take the next UMUC class, but in the Fall. I had a lot of fun taking this one, but this summer is too full already to give a class the attention it deserves. That said, the very best language class I took was UMCP German 101 in the summer, way back when. We met Monday through Thursday for an entire morning. Was it three hours each day? I really think it was. Meeting that often and for so long really gave us a jump start on learning the language, like a de facto immersion program. See what you think--I bet you'll like your Spanish class. Have fun!
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