Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My Favorite Words

I spoke French in Mali.

My French is 18 years rusty... and was never that good to begin with. On paper, I studied it for 7 years or so. In reality, I never really 'got it'.

So in Mali, a few things came back, but it was painfully frustrating much of time. I would go running to my friend Lisa's dictionary to find that crucial word. The word that would open the whole realm of meaning in a conversation. It turns out, a conversation really can pivot on a single word.

Here were some of the words that I needed to learn:




I will miss you
Tu me manquerai

I miss you.
Tu me manques.

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