The difference between learning a modern language and an ancient language is that in first year French you learn “Where is the bathroom?” and “How do I get to the train station?” and in first year Attic Greek or Latin you learn “I have judged you worthy of death” and “The tyrant had everyone in the city killed.”
One of the first quizzes in Latin I had contained this sentence: Marcus’ dog is bad, thus Marcus kills the dog.
Being back at a football game at my old high school (5 years since I graduated omg) and seeing my old marching band makes me realize how lucky I was to be in Marching Chiefs at FSU and I wish I was still in it :(
I definitely recommend it! I’ve been using it for around 3 or 4 months (and I didn’t use it for like 3 weeks at one point) and I didn’t know any French before at all. Now I can read a lot of it, and understand some of it if it’s spoken slowly. You can do it on a computer or on their app, which I use a lot while I’m on the bus to campus.
I think you could learn enough to be able to understand people, at least. Duolingo does have a speaking component, but it seems to grade very leniently, because I know for sure my French pronunciation is abysmal. So maybe you could work on that on the side. But otherwise, I think you have plenty of time to get through a good portion of Duolingo’s program! Just make sure you keep going back and practicing your weak skills (and Duolingo will remind you). Good luck and have fun on your trip!
Real talk, the soprano solo in the Kyrie of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor is seriously the most beautiful music on earth. Ugh, chills every time.
Ah, I’m sorry about the elbow to the nose and not being allowed to get it fixed. It’s still cute, though, for what it’s worth. But yikes, that must’ve really hurt, though. DX
It was painful, but I remember being just super embarrassed having to go up to my teacher to tell her I needed to go to the nurse. Anyway, I was mostly upset about it because I had to go to LA the next morning to be in the Hollywood Christmas Parade!
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Your nose is cute though
It’s okay straight-on but I have a super hook nose now that I didn’t have before, and the bump is more prominent on one side. I broke it getting an elbow to the face when I was 13, and I was hit at an angle. My mom never let me get it fixed so it’s just been like this ever since. My nose used to be perfectly straight so it really bugs me.
For comparison, my nose a year before I broke it (2005), and then six months before I broke it (2006):
And here is my nose as it looks now (although this was 2009 — I don’t take photos of myself from the side ew):
To the individual(s) who stole my laundry basket from the laundry room and forced me to fold my underwear in front of 3 strange men: the next time you get ice cream I hope it falls on the ground.
Sometimes when I’m looking for something on my giant harddrive I end up in my old backups from like 2006 and I look at selfies and remember how beautiful and straight my nose was until it got broken and disgustingly deformed that year. sighhhhh