Just How Much I Don't Know...
You know in old British TV shows, where they have the police cars zooming around with the siren's on? And how they sort of do a two note Whhhe, hoo, whhhe-hoo???
Well, I can now make JUST that sound with my bagpipes. Yet another useful skill I am developing.
I learned a LOT in class today. Not so much French, but other things. You know, college is a LOT of work! (I am guessing you all DO know, except Emily, and she will find out)
Like, when the teacher asks, "Where is your textbook" because you are the only person in class who has not opened it to the desired page, and your answer goes something like "What textbook? We have textbooks??"
Duh. I said I would be happy to buy this book, but what was it and where did one acquire it, and they very patiently told me, No, no, you go to the library textbook section, and they give you one. You rent it. Show them your Student ID....
"Student ID?," I asked weakly. We took up a solid 20 minutes explaining the mysteries of such things to me, which everyone seemed very happy to do, and they were very nice, but I am really shy, no not kidding, if I'm not on stage or assistanting or know you well, very shy.
The teacher also mentioned things like what had I shown when I paid for the course, and I explained they had been pretty vague about what it was costing me or where I paid this....And so it went. A one point I felt obliged to explain I really did function very well in the real world, but college was simply beyond me. Apparently.
A very nice girl took me to the library, where I found my first sane person, who told her co-hort to just give me the book, I was in the system somewhere and it was un-likely I would WANT the thing if I wasn't taking French, and winked at me and said (Paraphrasing here) "You don't need no stinking Student ID" I will always love this women.
Now, my English Major and properly educated friends, my troubles are far from over. There are appalling gaps in my education, and I need some help.
Today, we conjugated the verb "Erte" or in English "To be" after the lesson, I kind of grasped how it goes in French, but the problem is, I don't understand it in English. I am really confused about what is First Person, second person and third person, singular and plural. And which words are what, like am, are, is....
And if you have a noun or proper noun, what is what there?
Can you help me, explaining it as simply as possible? Jess said I wrote my stories in second person, which I gather is "You" but I am really quite confused....
I suspect this will not be the last time I ask you for help.
Teach me, s'il vous plait.....
Love and Grammar,