Monday, September 26, 2005

Learning French

On my recent journey to Canada (work, don't ask), I took it upon myself to learn French. Audiotapes? No. Workbooks? No. Full Submersion? No. Street signs? No. Oh wait, yeah, street signs. For much of the way through Canada, the highway signs came in pairs: the first in English and the second in French.

Using a few signs as my Rosetta Stone I now consider myself a fluent speaker. Here's what I've learned so far...

Metric Conversion

Let's start with an easy one:
Metric speeds (english) Metric speeds (french)

Cool, let's add some words to my vocabulary:

  1. Metric

  2. Conversion

  3. Maximum

  4. Radar

  5. Detector

  6. Prohibited

Another easy pair:
Speeding costs you (english) Speeding costs you (french)

Some more vocab:

  1. Speeding

  2. Costs

  3. You

  4. Speed

  5. Fines

And one final pair:
Tailgating (english) Tailgating (french)

Last set of vocab:

  1. Tailgating

  2. Kills

  3. Leave

  4. Some

  5. Space

Awesome, now I have a fluent vocabulary of 17 words. My next challenge is to communicate with others using only these words. Feel free to submit your suggested sentences as a comment.