Monday, 20 April 2009

New Vocabluary

I learnt some new vocabulary today. That’s not unusual. We’re learning things all the time. Mondays and Thursdays are the days we usually have language lessons so, this being a Monday, it’s particularly not unusual – if that makes sense! What is unusual is the some of the words we learned. We keen to learn relevant language; words and phrases we’ll actually use. When we have to do exercises it’s good to do them around things we really do rather than hypothetical situations.

For example, in today’s lesson we had to make a sentence starting “in my opinion...” Well, in my opinion it’s easier to ride up a mountain than down one. The speed and possibilities of grisly crashes make down a much more tense experience. (Tense is not helpful to smooth riding!) Explaining all this I went not to recount the fact that I turned round during this afternoon’s ride up a mountain road after hearing two very distinct gunshots!

The shots seemed reasonably close and as I was further up than I’d been before I felt, as discretion is the better part of valour, it was wise to head home. Curiosity killed the cat, and as they reputedly have nine lives that doesn’t say much for poking your nose in where it doesn’t belong. So my new words are sigurno, sudariti se and pucanj. Google them for a translation and expand your Bosnian vocabulary too!

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