William Matheson (nova_one) wrote,
William Matheson
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12. To cram or not to cram?

Saturday night:

Tonight I played Scrabble with his mother and her companion. His mother takes Scrabble rather seriously. I’m leaving in a week, but she warned me not to put it past her to look me up to settle a dispute, as she knows whereabouts I live.

I thank Grzegorz again for introducing me to Old Speckled Hen. It’s really good stuff. And I also thank our bus driver for having introduced us to Borlico on the trip to Sandy Cove. Funny thing – Acadian folk sounds pretty much exactly like Maritime-Celtic folk except for the lyrics!

I think I’m going to watch La Grande Séduction again. I watched it with Julie, but she’s significantly more advanced in French than I am, so she preferred to watch with French audio and subtitles. I’ll watch with French audio and English subtitles.

Speaking of advancement, Emmanuel is our friend from California who is taking both sessions of immersion. He’d just finished Beginner 2 (Spanish is his home language, so I figure that counts as a little bit of a head start) and the other night he was speaking in terms of being ‘happy’ to be at Intermediate 3 for the summer session. Excuse me, but what the heck? I skipped one level and spent the first week in mortal fear. He figures he can skip two? (Well, he is already multilingual. And he’s working very hard – harder than I am – at French, and stranger things have happened...)

I am probably just defending my decision not to cram for the spring placement test. But succeed or not, he was on to something – the women gave him sustained one-on-one instruction to help him out! Ha-ha – smart* guy, he is! Seriously, it was like the time I got wrongly booted out of a pet store on an elementary school field trip and was subsequently showered with female attention that more than made up for the indignity of the false accusation (of tormenting the animals – I was instead admonishing some blokes from another school not to do such, but the proprietress didn’t believe me).

OK, time for the movie! And tomorrow? I don’t know if I’ll go to campus tomorrow or not. Actually, I probably will – I’ll want to post this, and I’ll be able to eat at the cafeteria. They also might show a movie. I was very happy to have seen Little Miss Sunshine, after all.

* - He also told me, “Next audition you see, you’re going to try out!”
Tags: sainte-anne, sainte-anne 2011
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