Friday, June 11, 2010

French Fun - Apprendre

I'm sitting in French class, and slightly bored, so I thought I'd share a fun thing I've learned in my new language.

One of my favorite verbs is apprendre. Here's why:

Apprendre means "to learn."
So if I say J'apprends le français, it means "I'm learning French."
But in order to say "to teach," you apprendre someone.

So the literal back-translation of "I taught you something" into French and then back into English comes out "I learned you something."

At least that's how it sounds in my head. And that makes me smile.

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