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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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Wow, I had to read the Tale of two cities, but I couldn't concentrate back as a kid, and would daydream when I read, so I got "C"'s in his class as a sophmore in high school.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That was another tough one for me as well. David Copperfield nearly killed me.

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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Oh, but the Christmas Carol with Old Marley as a ghost coming to visit Scrooge was awesome!! I have it in francais and english on left and right of the pages. Got it in Quebec city.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is my favorite one. Really good story.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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For woods or forest, you say "les bois" or (ou) "le foret" with a hat ^ over the e (for^et) I think (je crois).

I may be wrong however.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Yes, my french is even worse than my latin which is worse than my german.

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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Do you know keifer? I'll let you guess the language. It is your 2nd best language after english I presume.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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No I do not. I have no language after english. My parents did not think it was necessary for me to learn my native tongue.

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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It's pine tree in German. I have known two German families, maybe three actually.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I only know a few words in german, no where near enough to converse in it.

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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Moi n'aussi pas.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

But you are probably ahead of me.

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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No LeaHozens and Keifer and Dunkashun are basically all I know of Allemand (German).

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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No, I meant in french compared to my german.

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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Oh, perhaps you are right. (Peut-etre vous etes vraiment.) I don't know "Oh" in French though.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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When I was playing chess I absorbed a little russian and a little german. But that was long ago.

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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Wow, where did you travel, or who travelled to you for the tournament?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Did not do any travelling at all. Played in tournaments in NY. Chess books are usually written in german or russian and have to be translated.

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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Oh, also remember i mentioned that at my college, they only taught German, an engineering college.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Do you prefer a formal way to learn a language such as schooling or self taught?

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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I think you should study a book for a week, then take a course to get the "sounds" down a bit, then read a lot more after the course, and then take a second course.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I have heard that actually living in the country where they speak the language really makes you learn ultra fast.

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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Yes, I know that is true from visiting Quebec for weekends 12 years ago. Once someone pronounced tomato in francais in quebec with an "s" sound in it, which is not like France (paresian). I had her say it four times at the deli counter when she made me a grinder (sub). Really weird.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I know you can learn school italian and then speak to some native and not understand anything he says.

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**John E. Franklin****Member**- Registered: 2005-08-29
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Yes, they understand your basic francais in Quebec, but many times, you can't understand their reply is what usually happens. Sometimes I have to repeat and use hand gestures or try different words or multiple words with similar meanings to get past my (mal) bad (prononciation) pronunciation.

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