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September 08, 2006

Stupide Chérie

I'm listening to Hubby teach the boys thier French lesson. We're using Easy French Junior. The main characters are a girl named Marie and a cat named Chérie.

Hubby takes great liberties in using the book's dialogue for teaching. This is part of the conversation I just overheard:

Marie: You are the worst French speaking French cat ever!
Chérie: What is your father's name?
Marie: What? You don't know? You live here! Mon papa s'appelle Jean.
Chérie: Your father's name is John?
Marie: Stupid cat! That's what I just said! Mon papa s'appelle Jean.
Kids repeat, Mon papa s'appelle John.

Honestly, the boys' accents are great and they are learning French so easily. But Hubby epitomizes the homeschooling axiom of the parent being master of the curriculum rather than the curriculum master of the parent.


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Dis donc!

Il est tres drole, n'est pas?

Posted by: Kim from Hiraeth at September 8, 2006 02:53 PM

that is so much fun.......mk

Posted by: maureen kuehne at September 9, 2006 11:41 PM

TG that is hilarious. BTW I bought a 2ndhand copy of There Is a Dragon in My Bed and Other Useful Phrases in English and French for my kids when they studied French. (Sesyle Joslin & illustrations Irene Haas, a fave of mine) I notice Bookfinder.com has a couple of copies. Il y a un dragon dans mon lit is very useful when in Paris. ;-)

Posted by: Marion at September 9, 2006 11:51 PM

We will have to check out Easy French Junior in a few years. We are starting the process of tackling German and French. We have been playing around with German numbers for a little while and are just starting to introduce French to the little ones. I am amazed at how quickly they pick up on the stuff.

Posted by: gid at September 11, 2006 02:54 PM

oui oui c'est tres amusante !!!!!
my hubby deliberately pronounces french wrong.. or speaks engleesh wis a frrrrench acceeent...and lots of gesticulations... or he thinks up a weird word that is kinda french, kinda english and we're left guessing ;o)

Posted by: kate5kiwis at September 11, 2006 04:32 PM

I loved this!! Both my husband and I have been known to do/say very silly things just to help our girls remember important/school related matters--our girls KNOW that we will break into song when the state of Georgia, Oklahoma, or New York comes up!

Still, it is clear they enjoy and appreciate the craziness. It's been especially helpful in our household as we adopted our girls just four years ago from Russia at ages 9 and 12.5!! You can imagine all the comical communication blunders that have been made in the midst of the very serious communication needs!! God has definitely blessed our feeble efforts! ---Connie

Posted by: Connie at September 14, 2006 09:27 AM

Well, we aren't doing French, but my dh takes liberties when he reads to the kids too. They like his spiced up versions much better than my boring ones. No wonder they have such imaginations!

Posted by: Charity Grace at September 16, 2006 10:39 AM

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