Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Translation Troubles

It's been about a month since the first email and "Pierre" and I are still talking on a frequent basis. Note: that's not his real name but that is what my mom has called him for the past eleven years and it has just kind of stuck.

After asking if I had a boyfriend, and me explaining that I was engaged but called it off:


Why you separated? Big kiss to my beautiful american!


Apparently after I was not very prompt with my email response:

I wait your message every day with impatience.


After talking about food & wine:

After I live in Bordeaux you come and we eat good things and we drink good wine. TOMORROW IS MY SUNSHINE!


A few of my favorites:

The topless in France and authorizes is normal.

What are your hoobies?

I think more often you.


And a few that thoroughly confused me:

Us you registered for the marathon in New York.

I thought I was the first time that it is for time passes too quickly.

When you see it will be a cooking competition every two.


And just for you, Elizabeth and Laura, :

My basketball team it is San Antonio with Tony Parker is the best.


The communication is pretty confusing/funny though, if anything, always entertaining. However, the coolest thing by far, is that after this whole thing started I dug around my closet and found his letters from ten years ago, and surprisingly I could read all of them with relative ease! I remembered struggling and laboring over every word when I was in high school. And even though I took quite a few french classes in college, I never felt like anything "sunk in". Well apparently it took more than I realized, because it was not as difficult as I remembered it being.

Yay for all those less than stellar foreign language credits doing something other than destroying my GPA!!

2 comments:

for the love said...

Your story totally reminds me of the couple in "Love Actually" - the British writer and the Portugese housekeeper who don't speak the same language but fall in love anyway... Love it.

The Leinwetters said...

go spurs!!!