Parlez-vous français?

Now that Project 365 is done and dusted I’ve chosen my next big thing for 2014 and decided to learn a language.

Like pretty much everyone my age I learnt some French and German in high school. Well not much at all really. I could count to 10 and that was about all I remember. Pretty sad. The way we learnt was terrible, numbers and colours and so on. No real world phrases, and you were learning with 30 other students who didn’t want to learn either.

Well I’ve decided to learn French. Why French? No particular reason. Its a common language used in other countries besides France, and not as hard as some of the Asian languages.

And to quote The Matrix, “French is my favourite – fantastic language, especially to curse with. Nom de Dieu de putain de bordel de merde de saloperies de connards d’enculé de ta mère. It’s like wiping your arse with silk, I love it.”

I’ve found a great little app for learning languages, Duolingo. It basically makes it a game, the more you learn the more points you get. I’ve started yesterday and have already done a few lessons.

So how’s your French? I’m looking for someone to practise with, drop me a note here or on Facebook.

Extreme Shark Dive

shark dive

Well that’s another tick on the list.

On Monday I went on a shark dive at Manly. Advertised as an “extreme shark dive”, its an introductory scuba dive in their tank with about half a dozen grey nurse sharks. Not quite as dangerous as it sounds but still a great experience. There were three of us on this dive, a student and a teenager who’d received the dive as a birthday gift. After watching an intro video (whoever edited it thought the theme from Jaws was a great soundtrack) we were kitted out in a wetsuit. Being middle of winter I was glad for that, kept a bit of the chill out!

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