Tuesday, September 8, 2015
A student came into my office today；said she was struggling with French reading assignment；I told her："You grew up in the US；you are fluent in English；English is 40%-50% Latinate words that entered the language via France；hence you already know French to large degree；translate,for instance, this into English：'L'enfant terrible et le métaphysicien conspiré pour commettre un régicide à la façade du palais avec l'objectif d'incitation à la révolution permanente.' " She responded："Why, that's easy, Sensei： 'The terrible child and the metaphysician conspired to commit regicide at the facade to the palace with the objective of inciting permanent revolution.' " "See, you already know French! Just a few articles/declensions/prepositions to remember." "Do you speak French, Sensei?" "Not a word."