Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I love the French language. Despite the obvious advantages of learning Spanish (considering that I live in California, and about three hours from Mexico) I decided to take French in high school. I loved the way it sounded, and how I felt speaking it. I daydreamed of visiting Paris, and traveling across the French countrysides with it's vineyards and chateaux. As it turned out I did get to visit France, and absolutely loved it. I'm sure the people I met there thought my French was atrocious, but I think they appreciated the effort. I was thinking about this wonderful language because..for one thing, I really want to brush up on it (why? I have no idea. I just want to). The other reason is that I was thinking about friends and how thankful I am for my friends. The word for "friend" in French is "ami". The way to say the verb "to love" in french is "aimer". Looks pretty close to me. It's like they are saying that love is part of the meaning of friendship. In English, it seems the word "friend" is thrown around and used for any mere acquaintance. I suppose we have other words that qualify the term. There's "best" friend, or "close" friend, but I like to think that those I love could just be called "amis". Works for me. So....Adieu Mes Amis! Au Revoir! Je T'aime!