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Monday, June 11, 2012

It's a well known fact that beauty without brains is like an iPhone with no SIM card. So a pack of 'Don't Have Ugly Children' chewing gum can only go so far in creating the perfect family. What you really need is a two-pronged approach, tackling both looks and intellect.

So it's fortunate that in addition to plying us with beauty gum, Andrew gave Amelie some books yesterday afternoon. He picked them up in France a couple of weeks ago, having decided that it's about time Amelie stopped living on her looks, and started learning a second language. She's already fluent in the gibberish Igglepiggle speaks, but that hasn't yet been recognised by any nation state. Although it's only a matter of time.

So she's now the proud owner of two French books, one called 'La Ferme' and the other 'Les Véhicules'. It's difficult to describe the plot of each book in any great detail, because, let's face it, they're both in a foreign language, but if I had to sum them up in a sentence, I'd say that they basically allow you to ouvre la porte de la ferme (et la porte du garage) et découvre plein de beaux dessins. But don't quote me on that.

Obviously learning any language takes time, even when it's a simple one like French, but she's had twenty-four hours now, so she's pretty much fluent. I think her longstanding love of Mr Rude has stood her in good stead and allowed her to take to the lingo like a chick to water...

Not even a dead kitten on the floor can put her off. It's particularly useful, because when France equalised half an hour ago, she was able to slag them off in their own language.


Phil's Mum said...

I like to think I had a hand in that education, because she was playing a game on the ipad the other day, which was all in French, but about Germany.  Sort that one out!  But I have to hand it to you for your pronunciation - and Am's quick learning!!! 

Peter Chapman said...

You said COCK *snigger*    I'd like to think that Amelie is some sort of a sponge, soaking up knowledge but then I realised that you could just have been pointing at pictures.

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A Passer-by said...

Very clever, that phrase "like a chick to water".   I only got it having watched the clip for the 3rd or 4th time!!!

A Passer-by said...

So, when are you all going to Disneyland, Paris for the weekend?

Phil said...

I'm nothing if not hard to get. :o)