Wednesday, February 16, 2011

If You Can't Say Something Nice

As my French exam looms ever larger on the horizon I'm starting to get a little frustrated and generally freaked out. This has recently led me to spend an inordinate amount of time whining about my French class and the language in general, which is (mostly) undeserved and makes me even more frustrated and freaked out. I don't want to be that person, so I hearby resolve to no longer say unpleasant things about the French language, the French department at FSI, my French class, or my inability to remember which nouns are which gender and which verbs take which preposition.

In practice this resolution may require a moratorium on all things French for a few weeks until after I (hopefully) pass my exam, due to the aforementioned frustration and freaking out. This will be difficult for my friends since "How's French?" is currently my version of that DC conversation staple, "How's work?" Therefore, I present a list of suggested alternative conversation topics for your convenience:

The weather
What I did last weekend/plan to do next weekend
Movies/plays/concerts I have seen recently
Books I am reading
My cat, adorableness of
Food, generally
Getting paid to learn a language, privilege and awesomeness of


  1. I've tried to make the same resolution with law school and find that when I keep it, I spend a lot less time talking.

  2. Maybe that wouldn't be such a bad thing.