We did some group work in grammar class today, and in addition to doing some learning, I did a little teaching. My partner was an Argentinean girl who had a few misconceptions about the good ‘ol US of A. Our conversation went something like this:
Anna-Lucia: Tu viens des Etas-Unis?
(You come from the United States?)
Me: Oui, je viens de New York.
(Yes, I’m from New York.)
AL: Ah, Manhattan!
Me: Uh, pas exactement. J’habite environ deux heures en train dehors la Ville de New York, sur une ferme. Mais je vais à New York souvent.
(Uh, not exactly. I live about two hours by train outside of the city, on a farm. But I go to the city often.)
AL: Et le Bronx, il y a beaucoup de gangsters, n’est-ce pas?…Attends, il n’y a pas de fermes à New York!
(And the Bronx, it has lots of gangsters, right?…wait, there aren’t farms in New York!)
Me: Si, beaucoup!
AL: Je voudrais voyager aux Etats-Unis, à New York et en Californie. Un vrai “American roadtrip!”
(I would like to travel to the US, to New York and California. A real “American roadtrip!”)
Me: J’ai conduit à Tennessee, un état au sud du pays, l’été dernier avec mon amie pour une festival de musique. C’était super, bien sûr.
(I drove to Tennessee, a state in the south, last summer with my friend for a music festival. It was awesome, for sure.)
AL: Et tu a conduit un “muscle car?” Tous les films, ils montrent les “muscle cars” quand on prend un “roadtrip.” Ou peut-être un Chevy?
(And you drove a muscle car? All the movies show muscle cars when somebody goes on a roadtrip. Or maybe you drove a Chevy?)
Me: Eh…actuellement, j’ai emprunté la voiture de ma mère. Un Subaru.
(Eh…actually, I borrowed my mom’s car. A Subaru.)
I tried to highlight how much fun I had on my roadtrip to Bonnaroo last summer, but she seemed seriously disappointed that I wasn’t driving American. I probably should have lied and said that I had driven the Beretta.
She was also amazed that there were farms and countryside in New York. In grammar, we have to give a presentation on any topic, in French, sometime in the coming weeks. In light of my conversation with Anna-Lucia today, I decided to talk about New York as a whole, since I figure most kids in my class are not aware that NY actually has something to offer outside of Manhattan. Schultzville, for example…