I have recently acquired a new friend, Sam. A very colourful character who speaks French fluently. I am currently learning French and so I accompany my new friend to the metro station every day after her shift ends and so I get to speak French for 10 minutes daily.
The other day she tried to teach me how to say “noon” and “midnight” in French. Explaining that the one is used for the day and the other is used for midnight, but being unable to find the word “midnight”. I stepped in “Suis Cinderella?” “Oui!”
That the fairy tale of Cinderella has spread from Germany to South Africa and Algeria is really amazing.
I don’t need a French teacher, but I do need somebody to practice with and so I prayed. The result arrived months before I knew I needed it.
I’m improving slowly, but my pronunciation and confidence is growing rapidly. One hard thing is that I don’t want to sound silly and that could mean I don’t speak my broken French which would mean I don’t improve, but my friend urges me to repeat the bad French in English and then translates the English sentence into French and doesn’t quit until I get it right.
Also really proud of myself for reading The Tragedy of Anthony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare. I actually read the entire book and it was much easier than I ever expected, having been told so many times that Shakespeare is difficult I was surprised at how easily I understood the story.
It’s Saturday today and every Saturday I have a little list of stuff to do and then I usually go to the mall.
I started getting my nails painted bi-weekly by a very nice, but really quiet Nepolise woman. She files them in silence and then only ever asks “which colour?” Dubai is filled with such an assortment of characters, it’s wonderful to be able to meet all these different types of people.