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"Le Petit Prince" [Oct. 18th, 2006|12:16 pm]
A Word to the Wise

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[frazzled_frosty]
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C'est ainsi que j'ai abandonné à l'âge de six ans un e magnifique carrière de peintre. J'avais été découragé par l'insuccès de mon dessin numéro 1 et de mon dessin numéro 2. Les grandes personnes ne comprennent jamais rien toutes seules, et c'est fatiguant, pour les enfants, de toujours et toujours leur donner des explications...

And thus, at the age of six, I abandoned a magnificent career in painting. I had been discouraged by the failure of my drawing number 1, and my drawing number 2. Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is wearing for children to be forever giving them explanations...

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

(by the way that's only my translation, I'm not quite sure of all of my tenses since i haven't covered some of them yet)
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From: littleduchess
2006-10-18 09:16 pm (UTC)
Wonderful, wonderful quote from a marvellous book. When I was growing up in France the whole class would memorise passages from it for parent presentation evenings, and each one of us would quote a paragraph...
I've got so many fond memories and well... it still makes me cry.
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[User Picture]From: frazzled_frosty
2006-10-18 09:33 pm (UTC)
it sounds amazing! i'd be jealous of your French, but starting this book has really reminded me that there are moments of immense pleasure in learning another language, and also that it's an immense privilege to live in another culture- not everyone is afforded the opportunity :)
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From: littleduchess
2006-10-19 09:18 pm (UTC)
It's a wonderful book to read when starting out- I've forgotten so much since I moved to England but it's very simply and poignantly writen. And yes, the capability to learn about different cultures is a wonderful thing.
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[User Picture]From: keletkezes
2006-10-19 08:46 pm (UTC)
Go me and my ability to still mostly understand what's going on in a French sentence after 6 years of no practice and bastardising it with Russian!

I'll stop crowing about my greatness now... For a few seconds...
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[User Picture]From: frazzled_frosty
2006-10-20 02:54 pm (UTC)
LOL.. the idea of you crowing about your greatness is hilarious- if only because it's the absolute opposite of you! :D
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[User Picture]From: keletkezes
2006-10-20 09:49 pm (UTC)
We were just watching QI and I went into a short period of self-smugness when I got one of the questions right :D That's about it, really!
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