Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for
love, joy and celebration. Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world
and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird,
we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life
has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate
grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal
connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.
Les légendes disentque les colibrisflottant detemps,porter nosespoirspour l'amour, de la joieet de célébration.Colibrisouvrir les yeux surles merveillesdu monde et denous inciter àouvrir nos cœursà leurs procheset amis.Comme un colibri, nous aspirons àplaner etde savourerchaque instantqui passe,embrassertout ce quela vie a àoffrir et àcélébrer la joie detous les jours.Grâce délicateducolibrinous rappelleque la vie estriche, la beautéestpartout, chaquelien personnela un sens etque le rire estla créationde la vieplus douce.
Ever since I saw the French phrase book yesterday I've been thinking about translating some of the poems I've written into French. I forgot my poems ... I meant to bring them today and try that, but here is a title of one of my poems that I thought I would translate here.
I work in an academic library and today I noticed a new book that we have just received titledUnderstanding French Verse: A Guide for Singers. I love French phrases; I think they are beautiful and I just wanted to share a few of them here:
Les jasmins de Mossoul les fleurs de l'oranger
The jasmines of Mosul, the orange blossom
Tu reclamais le Soir; il descend; le voici
You longed for Evening; it is falling; now
If I can have access to this book for awhile, I will post some more of these lovely lines.
I've been thinking about learning the French language for a really long time. Yesterday I found some nice CD's called Rush Hour French. You listen to the tapes during your commute to work or running errands. It seems to be a nice way to learn beginning French. So far, I've learned the following:
J em'appelle (My name is)
Enchantee (It's nice to meet you)
Merci (Thank you)
Merci beaucoup (Thank you very much)
De rien (You're welcome)
Tres bien (Very good)
D'ou venez-vous? (Where do you come from?)
Je viens de ... (I come from)
And I've also learned some of the numbers:
It's a beautiful language. My Huguenot ancestors on my mother's side came from France to the United States to escape religious persecution. When she was a young woman in school, my mother took French. She said that she loved it. I imagine at the time, the she didn't even know where her ancestors came from. She just knew that she loved the French language and it came naturally to her. Only after I began to research her father's side of the family, did she learn that her 5 times great grandfather came to America in the 1700's.
I created this blog because I wanted to somehow document my journey into learning the French language. My goal is to try to post here often and to keep a record of what I'm learning.