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And as for college...

adjectivemarcus, who mostly failed to afear me with Jan Svankmajer's Faust last night, went above and beyond the call of duty this morning by walking me to college to ensure that I actually made it in today - he really is wonderful. (Thank you so much!) In the end I'm glad I went; for one thing, the second half of today's lessons are cancelled, which is sort of nice as it means I can meet giolla earlier. But I had Italian this morning and it was...interesting. I've missed two weeks of lessons, but I caught up in about two minutes. Because I know about grammar.
Now, I'm aware that English grammar is not taught in schools and, although this might be considered heresy, I actually think that's not such a bad thing. And so if you grow up in this country and you've never studied any language other than English, then working out even the most basic of grammar terms and principles is going to be very hard. I'm aware of that.

But these kids have done French to GCSE level. Some of them have studied Latin, or German. So I can't help but wonder how it is that they are completely ignorant of the meaning of every single grammatical term that's brought up in class. I mean, it's honestly sort of frightening. I don't expect anyone to get anything grammatically correct in English - I really don't - but how you can do GCSE French without knowing what a participle or an auxiliary verb is I genuinely don't understand.

Afearing though that was, I'm glad I went in. I often complain that Roedean killed my passion for languages (and everything else) and that's true, but I seem to have it back. If you're not sure what I mean, suffice to say that at the end of the lesson, as I glowed with pleasure at our teacher telling us that there is one (and only one) instance in which a word comes between the auxiliary verb and the participle, we were given homework and I nearly wept with joy. I can't explain it to anyone who's never felt it (though I know a lot of people who might have an analogous thing with computer languages, I guess) but it's so, so unbelievably good to have it back. I thought I'd lost it for good.

Anyway. Shall stop being strange at you now. ~s~

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