I’m chuckling at myself. I just spent over two hours studying very basic French. Mind you, I have seven years of French study behind me. The stuff we did today- cognates, gender of nouns, adjectives, basic prepositions, and some other stuff- very familiar, very basic. I caught myself making careless mistakes even with simple exercises today in class and so decided to study seriously in this class and use this class as a chance to build good study habits and methods. I’m experimenting with a new program Kevin downloaded onto my computer some time ago. If you are a mac user check out Scrivener. It is especially cool for large writing projects and I think it will be great for my dissertation (and all the build up to the dissertation), but I’m going to try to use it for all of my classes, treating each class as a separate project. There is a key words feature which should allow me, down the road, to find helpful notes and draw on them. It is totally unncessary for a basic French for reading class, but it is a fun way for this “J” to organize what she is learning.
And here is why I’m chuckling. I’m chuckling because I always start off courses or experiences (but especially academic experiences) super engaged, super organized, going above and beyond (maybe not quite as above and beyond as I went tonight, but tonight is a good case in point). It often tapers off a week or so into any new experience. I hope I can keep it up more consistently. I think it will help me get more out of this learning experience, but… it is time consuming. And… when I’m juggling thousands of pages of reading for multiple courses and (ahem) a baby… I think I will have to cut corners.
Anyhow… the subject of this post reflects some new vocab I learned in class today. The adjective “comprehensif” (when modifying a masculine noun) “comprehensive” (when modifying a feminine noun), while literally the cognate “comprehensive”, when used to describe a person is better translated “thorough”. So the subject of this post, for those who of you who don’t know French (and who care) is translated “I am thorough… now.”
That’s me… even practicing the vocab via the blog. Let’s see how long this lasts.
(Class was fun today. I have some very cool classmates, a great teacher, and were it not for a frequent need to pee and some exhaustion that I think is the result of my marathon unpacking yesterday and poor sleep all week and possibly a cold that I feel coming on it would have been a wholly pleasant experience. I feel a bit like I’m cheating because I have so much French in my background (it seems most of my classmates are starting from scratch), but it has been over a decade and I yet have learning to do. I’m glad that class tomorrow is just an hour and a half and doesn’t start until 2. And several of us are going out for a happy hour after class. I can’t drink, obviously, but I’ll enjoy getting to know folks and introducing Kev to folks. Good stuff. Ah… I’m a part of a community of peers again.)