Thursday’s Thoughts ~ What I Would Study

post-studyWhen I finished grad school back when 1999 wasn’t history, I swore I would never – EVER – go back to school.  I was tired of papers, classes, exams, forced reading of textbooks, etc…  This week’s Thursday’s Thoughts topic is like kismit with it’s timing, though.  For the first time in 10 years, I really and truly want to go back to school. And no, I’m not just making this up in the hopes of winning an ultra cool bookcharmer, either.

If I had unlimited time and resources and had none of my current adult responsibilities, I would study French and Linguistics in Paris.  I just finished reading Foreign Tongue by Vanina Marsot.  This novel has really inspired me with an interest in France, French, and linguistics I never had before.  I will never be a native Parisean or a natural speaker of French like Anna was in the novel, but I would love to dive into the way that they live and breathe their language.  I want to know how I live and breathe my own without realizing it because I have only a little Spanish to compare it against.

parisI’ve already used “Stop the cinema!” with Allison this week and I suppose the novelty of what I said made her laugh and forget about what she was whining about.  I hope that this is something that she catches herself saying to her own children someday.  Maybe she will travel to Paris and study French herself someday.  A good mother would visit, wouldn’t she? Oui!

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  • At 2009.03.19 19:03, Sheri said:

    Viva le France! 🙂

    French has got to be so hard to learn!

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    • At 2009.03.19 19:12, Kathy said:

      When we dropped our son off at Tech, we both had a longing to go back to school. Too bad we can’t afford to live all of our dreams.

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      • At 2009.03.19 20:13, Elaine said:

        And Literate, if you did learn French you’d be able to read French novels in the language in which they were written!

        There is a wealth of information on the internet when it comes to language learning. I’ve got a set of Spanish lessons on my iPod right now. Good luck — buena suerte — BONNE CHANCE!

        • At 2009.03.19 20:25, kristin said:

          I enjoyed the ‘Thursday’s Thought’! A lot. I found myself wondering what I would study if I had unlimited resources. And I don’t even read the books you review!!!!

          • At 2009.03.19 22:03, Judy said:

            Funny, I have been studying French during spare time at work. I would love to learn French formally, with the view of traveling to Quebec City. Alas, it is but a dream…

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            • At 2009.03.20 10:49, Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit) said:

              I’ve always wanted to speak fluent Portuguese, which is my father’s native tongue, but I have yet to learn it.

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              • At 2009.03.20 16:29, chartroose said:

                You know, it’s funny, I’ve been feeling the same way lately, although I’d rather just audit classes than actually have to study and write papers and such. I’d like to be an archivist and learn how to preserve old manuscripts and books.

                French and linguistics sounds AWFULLY ambitious. Are you sure you’re prepared for this?

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                • At 2009.03.21 00:31, Loves Languages said:

                  Just do it! 15 minutes a day. You’ll be amazed.

                  • At 2009.03.21 02:30, Alyce said:

                    I studied Linguistics in college, and if I ever went back I would love to study more languages and do a foreign exchange. I hope that you are able to pursue your dream at some point!

                    • At 2009.03.23 13:13, Stephanie said:

                      I’d be happy just to GO to Paris!! 🙂

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