So, my easy French class just got hard… and fast. And I can’t imagine just how hard for those who have not studied French before. Today we learned a whole boat load of verb tenses. And then we had our first translation assignment that resembles the exam we’ll take at the end of the course. Our teacher had a doctor’s appointment so she gave us the liberty to use our afternoon class time to do the assignment. She asked us to try to limit ourselves to an hour and a half as that is how much time we’ll have on the exam.
She actually let us out of class early so I ran some errands, including picking up a student i.d.. I can’t believe I have a student i.d. again. I settled into the student center then to eat my lunch and claim my hour and a half for translating.
You know it isn’t going to be pretty when you can’t make heads or tails of the freakin’ title.
I did my best in exactly an hour and a half. I put several phrases in bolded italics to indicate “I had no idea what to do with this.” I put parenthetical alternatives next to other phrases. I was pretty embarrassed to send my finished product to my teacher by e-mail and sent all sorts of explanations along with it. Further, don’t ask me what it was about. I really don’t know. Either, therefore, my translation was REALLY bad or it is that sort of scholarly writing that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in English. Being able to say what a reading is about is the other half of our exam- writing a synopsis of what we translate. Oh goodness…
But if I had this much trouble with it, my classmates who didn’t know any verb tenses other than the passé composé and present tense and the super easy construction of the future tense as of yesterday… how hard must it have been for them?
We’re only one week in. The exam is yet three weeks away. I’m sure this will get easier. But… is it strange that by the time I got home a little after three I was too wiped out to do anything constructive at all? I was trying to read some of my fall reading every day, but… not today. And I had some settling in tasks I wanted to make progress on. But… I’ve been in bed basically since I got home. There’s a free concert at the church we visited this evening, in less than a half an hour, we’re going… hope I can stay awake… where is my knitting???