Re: "How do you say X (in LANGUAGE)?"
- On 2/06/2013, at 11:52 AM, Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets <tsela.cg@...> wrote:
> On 1 June 2013 03:29, James Kane <kanejam@...> wrote:Well I do remember being a bit shocked when one of our French teachers told us that the Parisian pronunciation of 'je ne sais pas' was [Se'pA].
>> Wow I have been very wrong! I did learn most of my French in a classroom
>> rather than a native speaking environment... Presumably they did want us to
>> speak more formally. I also might be mixing too much of my English with it.
>> I'm sorry for trying to correct you though ;-P
> Don't worry! People here know that I've been complaining a long time about
> the sad state of French-as-a-foreign-language education :) . Your
> experience is just one more piece of evidence to show how unhelpful that
> education really is. No wonder so many people who take French at school end
> up completely tongue-tied when they are actually in France and try to use
> the language. What you learn has only a passing resemblance to what the
> average French of the street will speak!
> Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets.
- In Siye, one says "How can I say X well?", because clearly if you use any other language you aren't speaking well.
Palaki le X nimuku elesipuyammumo?
pala-ki le-0 X nimu-ku e-le-si-pu-yam-m(a)-umo
what-INS 1-NOM good-ADV 4-1-speak.IMPFV-SG-ABILITIVE-IMPFV.POS.REALIS-Q