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watching "The Hookup Plan" in french on netflix and with the (french) captions on i can understand like 65% of what they're saying! it is funny but i can't tell if it's any good

brazen useless francophilia 

also: my subway-time activity recently has been (very) slowly reading and (poorly) translating _Les Champs Magnetiques_. as a subway activity it's nice because the text itself is engaging, and the task of reading/translating is *related* to my professional life—so I don't feel like I'm wasting time—but it's not something I'm actually on the hook to finish, so it doesn't stress me out

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brazen useless francophilia 

in conclusion, studying the world's languages and literature is fun and useful and constantly humiliating, stay in school kids

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I'm now watching what US Netflix calls "Call My Agent!", a French-language show that is called "Dix Pour Cent" in France. and I'm really enjoying it! but as with "The Hookup Plan" I can't really tell if I actually *like* it or if it's just fun to watch TV in a language that you only sorta understand 🙃​ regardless it's the first netflix show that I've actually downloaded onto my phone so I can watch it on the subway

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looking forward to when someone on the subway looks over my shoulder while I'm watching and asks "pardon vous êtes française?" and I have to be like "no, I just, uh, like french stuff, I guess, and being a bit performative about it"

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@aparrish I mean. I learned most of my English by watching shows like CSI, NCIS, Stargate, etc in English with English subtitles.
So for me it's a valid method to learn a language!

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@aparrish I enjoyed it! I'm slowly working through series 2 at the mo. It's a nice, unchallenging sitcom

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@aparrish Traducing Les Champs Magnétiques is a very surprising and impressive task to do!
Automatic writing might be the most difficult thing to translate into another language.

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@NicolasConstant it is very difficult! but also the stakes are low because it's impossible to get it right anyway. I've been learning so much just from looking up words and expressions as I go—I feel like you could write an entire book about any given sentence in the book

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@aparrish yes, that's something that amazed me with this book, I wasn't sure about the interest (or artistic quality) of such way of writing before reading it. I'm happy people still discovering it, it's not a really well known book, even André Breton isn't a well known author today, even in France. Will you share your traductions? I would be very interested to read it.

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@NicolasConstant maybe someday I'll share them! for now, they're just for me.

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