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Balalaika
08-28-2009, 08:32 PM
Hello there.

Ok, first : I'm french.
I know it's realy a violent way to introduce myself but I belive it could explain some gramaticals errors, and scholar syle. You know, I still have all the clichés in my heads. Such as : ... My taylor is rich ! ... Sarah is in the kitchen ! ... Oh, it's rainy today !
Well all that stuff, and more ! :)

So, now that I break one mystery we can focus on the most important : the social background.

Generaly speaking child love all things... not my case. I was like that smurf who hated all. :) (I don't remember his english name. Nevermind.) I look like a geek with all the dedicated outfit. I mean the out fashioned pull over and the glasses stich with huge bottle buttom. So naturally when I grew up I became a punk whith hair revolution and pimply face. :) I still be nostalgic of that time. However I rather nowaday : a more calssical guy ending his studies who regurarly go to the hairdresser when the revolution come back. Best of all, I quit hating all things.

End of the story for now. :)

Post scriptum : A balalaïka is a russian traditionnal mix between banjo and guitar.

Ascension
08-28-2009, 09:14 PM
Welcome to The Guild, Grouchy Smurf :) Have fun and do us proud with some good maps.

NeonKnight
08-28-2009, 10:41 PM
Welcome to the Guild!

Gandwarf
08-29-2009, 05:05 AM
Welcome Balalaika.
I had a dog called Laika and she ruled :P

ravells
08-29-2009, 05:10 AM
Welcome to the guild, Balalaika - as a friend of mine was fond of saying: Everybody is a geek for something.

Steel General
08-29-2009, 08:55 AM
Welcome Aboard!

Redrobes
08-29-2009, 06:28 PM
Welcome Balalaika,

There's plenty of geeks here ! I am learning some French too but its pretty hard but you seem to be on the right track with your English. I am not aware of these cliches - are these taught as part of English lessons in France then ?

Anyway, show us some maps !

Balalaika
08-29-2009, 11:22 PM
I am not aware of these cliches - are these taught as part of English lessons in France then ?

Glad you asked !

Yes : you know english teacher are in France like in an almost hostile area.
French people in general love foreign people... but as far as the language is concern... :)

So our school minister gave our braves english teachers a list of dumb descriptives sentences that actually nobody learned in his schools days. But one day, when a french goes in english speaking countries we can assist to THE DUMB SENTENCE EFFECT !
It's when somebody speak a true english to you for the first time and the only sentence you can remember is one of the dumb sentences... Sound really like a mistery to me. :)

Seriously, the fact is most specialists consider that to speak a foreign language well you have to accept to say non-senses sentences. We, the french are just socialy unable to pass this step. So here we are : the french weakness in foreign languages.