The title of this blog simply means, "what is this?" Though I first heard the phrase coming from the Talking Heads in this song. (Skip to 1:20 for the start of the song.)
When we last spoke (meaning, when I last wrote and you last read), I had just finished my first lesson using Rosetta Stone. I have just finished the first unit and thought I would give you a bit of an update on how things are progressing. Plus, this helps to keep me accountable on my learning.
As you can see the next few lessons are, unsurprisingly, more difficult than lesson one. The software is very helpful in getting you to learn these new words and phrases. In fact, my guess is that by looking at the picture above, you can decipher what everything means there. Except maybe that last panel, due to size, it's not quite clear. (It's rice.)
Quick pet peeve about French. They don't seem to fully pronounce the letters at the end of words. Take the word, "conduit." English says it's pronounced as con-doo-it. French drops off that final "t" sound to be con-due-ee. It makes spelling a bit difficult. Which brings me to my next point.
Grammar is my worst subject. Too often I have trouble remembering the end of phrases or the proper verb form. 76% was my worst score (so far) for any of the lessons. If you don't hit at least 90%, you typically can't get a check mark for the lesson and the software encourages you to repeat it. Eventually I did get over 90%, but it took me a few times. If I was ever going to quit and pack it in, it was then. But I kept going.
I am now 1/4th of the way through this software. Now onto unit two.