Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

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Cavesa
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Re: Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

Postby Cavesa » Tue Jul 02, 2019 8:18 pm

Lawyer&Mom wrote:So I’ve realized why God Save La France is so hard. Boatloads of French slang. (New words for sex, inebriation, anatomy, etc.) Which, hats off to the translator I guess, but maybe books aimed at young men (the narrator is 27, single, and on the prowl) just require a certain amount of slang to seem appropriately irreverent? I guess it’s great to have exposure, but I don’t feel like my French is anywhere near the level where I should try to retain any of this stuff.


Sounds like a book I should read! Thanks for adding it on my list!
(You might be laughing and finding me weird. But I've put some vocab examples from my recent medicine exam in my log. Sooo, I need such books for my education. Yeah, definitely just education. :-D )
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Re: Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Wed Jul 24, 2019 4:19 pm

My hotel on my business trip last week had YouTube available on the TV. (And Netflix, Hulu etc. if you have your own account, and I don’t.) It was amazing to relax at the end of the day with French on the big screen. I started with Le dessous des cartes, and after that, all my suggested videos were French geography and culture documentaries! Yay! I found a lovely new show, Échappées belles. It’s a low key travel show with beautiful camera work. And each episode is 90 minutes, so they really have time to linger on the scenery. I never finished an episode, but tant pis! So relaxing!

(I really need to hurry up and finish ER. After that I just want to watch languid French non-fiction for the rest of my life... Or at least a long time!)
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Re: Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:29 pm

Watched the 300th episode of ER last night. (There are 331.) I am *so* over this show. Watching an episode is still fine, but I just don’t care what happens. That patient is going to die? Whatever. Those doctors are going to break-up? Sure, fine, just please do it faster, okay?

I’m feel strongly the cast shares my opinion. We are all riding this out together. So close to the finish line!
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Re: Lawyer&Mom, Less is More (French & German)

Postby Lawyer&Mom » Wed Aug 07, 2019 5:18 pm

Was reading an easy French non-fiction book, an introduction to Ancient Greek history and culture aimed at middle school students. Nicely accessible reading level, cute cartoon pictures... something relaxing at the end of a long day. Their explanation of the Trojan war: Helene left Greece with her lover Paris, leaving behind her husband Agamemnon... Huh, what? C’est pas vrai!

Agamemnon was the high king who led the Greek army against Troy, but her husband was Menelaus. I feel betrayed by the French. I thought France took its connection to the Ancient World and the Academic Arts very seriously. How can I feel smug and superior about reading in French if they are just going to muck about with the basic facts like that? Who can I trust!?!

(I didn’t actually know about Menelaus until like three months ago, but we are *very* into Greek Myths at my house these days and I cannot recommend the Gareth Hinds graphic novels of the Odyssey and the Iliad highly enough. Once you’ve *seen* the characters, you will never confuse Agamemnon and Menelaus again, they have like totally different hair styles! (There are a lot of people in the Iliad. Visuals really do help you keep them all straight.))
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