Yesterday I hung out with D, her boyfriend A, their friend F, and a couple other random passers-by (she knows everyone!). I had a great time, including lots of giggles over astrology charts. But it involved listening to lots and lots of French all day long, and lots of "qu'est-ce que ça va dire?" I'm going to have to really step up my efforts to learn more French vocab if I don't want to be the annoying dumb American who doesn't understand anything forever. I don't think they mind explaining to me, but I imagine it would get old after a while... The hardest part is all the slang, because it's not like I can just look it up in a dictionary. I really like Jennie's site, which now has fun learning games included!
I might have to start carrying a notebook around with me. Some words from yesterday: chiante, ronfler, vache, vedette. I know there were more, but that's all that stuck in the pudding I call My Brain. I'm going to have to be able to learn a lot more than four words per day if I plan on catching up!
I'm doing my own teaching of English at the same time. So far I've taught awkward (best word in English), sketchy (second best word in English), and booty call (it came up during the conversation, and I felt compelled to give them a better expression than "amie de sexe"). You know, just the important stuff.
And no, I don't mean vache like a cow, I mean the slang version. Thanks for the vote of confidence in my French level. :)