Posts Tagged ‘learn’

Fantastic Work

Friday, August 5th, 2011

I have just discovered three videos entitled “Eat“, “Move“, and “Learn” put together by three Australian guys and supported by STA. You have to go and watch them – this is what travelling is all about. How do I get to be in a position to produce this sort of work? It’s beautiful.

MOVE from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

Flight Update

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Well, we’re back in Paris, I have done a load of washing and we have been to the supermarket and restocked the fridge. We’re on ‘healthy eating’ diets for the next while so we bought lots of vegetables and we’re replacing wine with sparkling water. I’d like to put a specific period of time on our new eating plan but we all know it won’t actually last long. I haven’t done the big weigh in yet and don’t plan on doing so until tomorrow morning, although discovering that I am 10 kilograms heavier thanks to Dutch poffetjes, German beer and Greek olive oil is maybe not the best self-esteem booster before going to a job interview. ANYHOO. We’ll have hot bods to go with our sexy tans before you know it.

So I promised to let you know who sat next to me on the flight from Athens to Paris. The answer: no one. It was great! But I do want to tell you about the family who were sitting in the row behind us. It was a couple in their late 30s with their 4-ish year old son. The man was German and I’m not entirely sure what the woman was but either Spanish or French. Anyway, the little boy is who caught my attention as he happily kicked the back of my chair and sang songs and talked loudly in German, French, English and Spanish. Fluently. He moved slickly between the languages, turning to his Dad and speaking German and then back to his Mum in French. Clearly every family member spoke every language as they all chopped and changed between them. It was just AMAZING. I was so jealous – I wanted to turn around and congratulate the parents and shake the boy’s hand for being so brilliant. Being that young and having so many languages is just wonderful. Sure, I think he needs to learn some manners and he was never disciplined for kicking the seat or banging the tray table, but he can travel the world and communicate easily. I’m going to have to have severe words with my parents now. This just isn’t fair.

Meanwhile, Paris is just as crazy and noisy as when we left. Apparently we went on a holiday… I’m not sure. I don’t remember.

Learning Can Be Fun

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Following my last entry, I have returned home from French class feeling as if I have actually gained something from the experience. Remarkable! Today we covered the subjunctif (a verb tense that I have never learnt) and another pronoun, dont. I love learning new things! It is far more enjoyable to go to a class and to come away feeling like you have learnt something rather than not. Also, I am on double-kissing terms with a Venezuelan girl in my class who is lovely and intelligent and a few of the annoying class members appear to have left (or at least haven’t been there for the last two classes). So I may be sticking with the class for a bit longer. Tomorrow we’re covering another verb tense that I have never officially learnt – the plus-que-parfait.

I love verbs.