Wednesday, May 27, 2009

human dependant

I now know that if you announce you're going to be learning a new language, that people will immediately start speaking to you in that language. The very language that you've just pinpointed as one that you do not understand in the slightest.

I've also noticed that the kind of persons that delight in engaging my blankest of expressions always have a big smile on their faces when they start jabbering in french. So I figure I'm at least making these people happy through my, admittedly charming, ignorance. But hear me now, french aficionados: it is important to note that I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT YOU'RE SAYING, so if you told me where the fire exits were during that little performance, know that I will be relying solely on my survival instincts.



On the subject of smiling, this project prompted a pretty big one today. I came across tweenbots via the Frankie blog- these splendid little creatures are a testament to human-robot relations.

4 comments:

Heidi said...

As a fellow noob frenchie, (rearrange a few letters and I could have said 'fellow nubile frenchie'... imagine!) I have decided to keep the study news to myself until I can at least profess my level of misunderstanding in said tongue.

Have you read 'Eat pray love'? Kind of lovely and kind of makes me wonder whether this new language romanticism will require a trip to Paris to practice...

Bimyou said...

We've always delighted in each others blank expressions. Of ignorance or otherwise.

Alex said...

Je ne tu crois pas. Tu comprends. Tu es un robot mais tu n'est pas le Terminator. Tu es un belle robot qui comprend le francais ... et le cercle de danse polynesienne ... et la creme. Je ne le repeterai pas.

Kate said...

I haven't read eat pray love but my flatmate raves about it, one of her favourites.

and as for you, alex: how do you say *I'm going to move everything you want up out of your reach* in french?