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Moi résultats pour les cours..

December 13, 2008

So here it is, the long awaited results for both language modules..

Thanks to SIS’s professor Joelle Ducrot’s words of inspiration,
As long as you have the passion for it, nothing is impossible.

Thanks to my French Professeur François who believed in me :), merci beaucoup.

Thanks to Spanish Profesora Marijo Romero who thought that this is crazy and totally not advisable.

I did it.

French A-, Spanish A+.

And I’m supposed to like the French language more. And I dedicated more effort to mastering that.

But I still love you, Profesora Marijo ;), tú eres fantástico.

So yes, I did it.

Damn, I rock at it :D.

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Je suis en vacances!

December 8, 2008

No this blog is not dead.

The author is only on a holiday break.

And also waiting for her French result.

and Spanish.

ARGH!

And yes the previous email in French made perfect sense.

At least Professeur François replied me without much hesistation.

So yes I will be blogging soon, so people and my nice French friends, keep me in your watch list!

The French Email

November 8, 2008

Possibly my longest email in french.

I wonder if it even made sense?

mon courriel de français

mon courriel de français

French Pronunciation

October 30, 2008

If you think English word pronunciation is hard, think again.

La prononciation française est très difficile!

et je n’aime pas lettre R maintenant.

The french pronunciation contains many intricacies such as random letters that are supposed to be silent, or multiple sounds for a single letters, the liaisons and how the words all combine together when the sentence is read.. and endless pronunciation exceptions! Sadly, after 11 weeks of classe de français, I have yet to master the technique to pronounce french words correctly. My only consolation from the professor is that I will need at least 400 hours to speak french comfortably.. and I’ve only had like, 33 hours so far.

HAHAHA!

Anyway, I guess the one way to perfect the french pronunciation is to work with a native French speaker. Of course, the other option is to listen to as much french as possible on Xfm 96.3..

Here’s an article on the letter “R”: How to Pronounce the French R

Difficulty: Average (only if you get what the instructions that is :[)

Time Required: Less than 5 minutes (bleah :P!)

  1. Open your mouth.
  2. Close your throat and carefully enunciate the sound K, several times.
  3. Pay attention to where in your throat the K sound is made. We’ll call this the K place.
  4. Begin slowly closing your throat, as if to keep from swallowing a mouthful of liquid, until you can almost feel the K place. Your throat should be only partially constricted.
  5. Tense the muscles around the K place.
  6. Gently push air through your partially constricted throat.
  7. Practice saying Ra-Ra-Ra (where R = steps 4-6) every day.

Thank god I’m okay with the other supposedly as difficult letter, U.

Here’s “U” anyways: How to Pronounce the French U

So all french speakers, vous aidez moi s’il vous plaît!

My New iPodTouch

October 27, 2008

trust me, I know how irrelevant this post is.

but still, I’ll post it anyway.

because we’re talking about the brand new iPod Touch from Apple.

and I just got it today, FINALLY!

and I know you are envious.

go grab one, it’s so totally worth it.

My brand new iPod Touch

My brand new iPod Touch

Let’s try to make this post relevant before I force myself to retire for the night and wake up feeling super excited tomorrow. The first thing I did was to set up the google translator for my french class. And boy did I found this great google site optimized for the iPod Touch and iPhone. It’s fast and intuitive and it’s absolutely FREE.

According to the team, the Google Translate for iPhone/iPod Touch is optimized for speed, and supports all of the existing Google Translate language pairs. It uses a client-side data-store on the set to hang on to past translations so the user will always have them at hand even if there is no data network.

Seriously, why pay US$$ when you get to clip this free application? Google is so the answer to all your problems!

So here is the link: Google Translator

Pretty cool huh? :), thanks dad!

F1 Laughter on Sunday Paper

October 10, 2008

I was browsing the pile of backdated magazines and newspapers and came across this funny column by Tay Yek Keak on Sunday’s paper. It’s just plain hilariousDon’t you just love the “Fakebook” layout (:D)?

Alonso on "Fakebook" page 1

Alonso on "Fakebook" page 1

Alonso on "Fakebook" page 2

Alonso on "Fakebook" page 2

Shame on you, Ferrari

October 7, 2008

So it happens that the loser is eating sour grapes. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo criticized the Singapore grand prix track as a “circus” and describing the use of the safety car as humiliating for formula one. Montezemolo said, “When we race on tracks which should be used for the circus, anything can happen including the spectacle of the safety car.

Come on seriously are you saying that?

The true F1 fans will know that safety cars are featured at every Grand Prix to ensure that the race does not suffer from undue disruption, allowing the race to continue after a major accident, or other incidents that require the presence of marshals on the track. Like the medical response vehicle, the safety car is on standby throughout the race, ready to be dispatched anytime by the race control upon notice. Once the safety car enters the track, the racers will form up behind it in sequence until the obstacle is removed and track declared safe. Till then and upon the next order of the race controller, the safety car then leaves the track. Racers will remain behind in formation until the beginning of the next lap before they resume racing. This year, the Mercedes SL63 has been appointed as the safety car for the Singapore Grand Pix. 

Mercedes SL63 safetycar appointed for 2008 (credits to formula1.com)

Mercedes SL63 safetycar appointed for 2008 (credits to formula1.com)

During the race, Singapore saw two safety car interventions, the first of which benefited Alonso, resulting to his unexpected victory for Renault. Before the race, Montezemolo said that street circuits and the lack of overtaking opportunities were not the right way forward for the sport.

Yeah right. He obviously had no complaints the other time when Massa and Ferrari inaugurate the list of winners at Valencia Street Circuit. How two-faced.

The president also backed the mechanics who gave Massa the green light during a pit stop despite the fuel hose still being attached to the car as he sped away. I mean any idiot will tell you that the mechanics were at fault because they were extremely careless, duh! Anyway, Massa made it to the end of the pit lane before the fuel hose was removed but received a penalty for a drive through for a dangerous exit from his pit box.

We have extraordinary mechanics who on other occasions have swung results our way. We must stay close to each other because Ferrari are always world champions and are still in the running to win,” Montezemolo said.

Poooff!

We’ll see about that. Ferrari represents class and sophistication, an extreme performance sports car. And in my opinion, the words of the recently appointed chairman of the Formula One Teams Association has totally killed that image.

French Homework

October 3, 2008

my homework for french class.

describe the picture with a minimum of 70 words.

which I confused myself heavily with spanish.

still, I got a very good from the professor.

I wonder how I’m going to survive the finals.

my french homework

my french homework

Finale: Congratulations ING Renault F1 Team!

September 28, 2008

Unbelievably and miraculously, Renault won the Singapore Grand Prix!

Alonso takes victory (credits to the F1 team blog)

Alonso takes victory (credits to the F1 team blog)

A short video short from my lousy position (:[)!

It was spectacular! And I wasn’t surprised that right from the beginning of today’s race, all news and attention were focused on the Ferrari team and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton. So here’s my summary of what happened tonight. Alonso caught up during the safety car interlude and Massa’s pitstop blunder to move up the field. Good skills aside, lucky was also on his side (:D).

Despite a poor pole position ranked 15th, Alonso got to an excellent start and moved up to 12th on the opening lap. He passed Toyota of Trulli and advanced to the 11th position, before heading for the pits where he changed his soft tyres for the harder compound that will be more suitable. Then there were a series of mess ups and penalties committed by the Ferrari team. There was a technical glitch apparently that caused Massa to leave his pit before the fuel hose had been removed, driving with it down the pit lane just before the exit. The fault delayed Massa for about a minute until his mechanics arrived to remove the damaged hose.

Meanwhile Alonso has climbed to 4th in position, behind Robert Kubica, Giancarlo Fisichella and Jarno Trulli. On lap 24, Kubica then received notice of his penalty for having stopped in the pits when they were closed. Alonso managed to gain lead position when Trulli and Fisichella headed for the pits.

The end of the race held no more surprises as Fernando leading by more than 10 seconds took victory followed by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

So, congratulations to the ING Renault F1 Team!!

Day 2: Cheer up Alonso!

September 27, 2008

Man what a waste!

In the end Ferrari’s Felipe Massa clinched pole position.

Fernando leads the way (credits to the F1 team blog)

Fernando leads the way (credits to the F1 team blog)

Alonso was doing excellent for the final two practice rounds earlier today, finishing first. Gearing up with absolute confidence for the pole, he was anguished when his engine died due to a the fuel feed problem, and cruised to a halt halfway, taking away his change to set a time in the second qualifying session. Alonso got out, hands on his head in frustration because him being left on the sidelines took away his shot to get a decent grid position.

According to him, he reckoned a front row start was highly possible before his Renault failed. The problem left the viscerally frustrated Renault star now 15th on the grid.

Which totally sucks! I seriously hope nothing goes wrong for the team tomorrow (:[)!.

Left on the sidelines in qualifying (credits to itv-f1.com)

Left on the sidelines in qualifying (credits to itv-f1)

Alonso frustrated with the outcome (credits to itv-f1)

Alonso frustrated with the outcome (credits to itv-f1)