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Old 02.02.2015, 09:05
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Re: The First World Problem Thread

The snow plough went along the road three times at 5.20 this morning and woke me up and there was still loads of snow on the road when I went out this morning.

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Old 02.02.2015, 09:12
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Re: The First World Problem Thread

Parked by the parking machine only to find it out of order and having to walk 100m down the road to get a ticket - and then back up to put it in the car.
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Old 02.02.2015, 09:14
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The snow plough went along the road three times at 5.20 this morning and woke me up abd there was still loads if snow on the road when i went out this morning.
It passed around that time in my street too, but it didn't wake me up since I've been awake since 4 am with a sick kid...

And said sick kid now went blissfully back to sleep, while I must go to work
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Old 02.02.2015, 09:14
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Re: The First World Problem Thread

My bus was 1 minute and 28 seconds late this morning and when it arrived it skidded nearly 3 meters past the stop.
I had to climb through nearly a meter of snow to get on the bus.
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Old 02.02.2015, 10:45
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This morning I've had to listen to all these people talk about how wonderful the skiing was... <YAWN>
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Re: The First World Problem Thread

The differences between l'imparfait and le passé composé is driving me insane.

I realise this is not a new problem in learning French.

Also, why do I feel more comfortable speaking French in my apartment where I'm likely to get it wrong compared to the classroom where I am supposed to be learning the language in a convivial environment?
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Old 03.02.2015, 20:18
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The differences between l'imparfait and le passé composé is driving me insane.

I realise this is not a new problem in learning French.

Also, why do I feel more comfortable speaking French in my apartment where I'm likely to get it wrong compared to the classroom where I am supposed to be learning the language in a convivial environment?
Well, I could teach you, but my baby is likely to throw up on you
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Old 03.02.2015, 20:28
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Well, I could teach you, but my baby is likely to throw up on you
Why? Does French make him ill? He was perfectly fine at our English-speaking lunch. Such a cutie pie.
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Old 03.02.2015, 20:31
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Why? Does French make him ill? He was perfectly fine at our English-speaking lunch. Such a cutie pie.
Said cutie pie is toothing and biting everything that passes his way. I had the bad idea to complain about it on this thread and our French learner up here pointed out what a bad mother I was for letting him do so

As if we could buy muzzles for that size!
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Old 03.02.2015, 20:35
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The differences between l'imparfait and le passé composé is driving me insane.

I realise this is not a new problem in learning French.

Also, why do I feel more comfortable speaking French in my apartment where I'm likely to get it wrong compared to the classroom where I am supposed to be learning the language in a convivial environment?
That is exactly why I only teach in my kitchen these days- much more cosy, with the coffee machine on (and the answer is easy ).

By pm or here- what do you not understand re passé composé and imparfait?

In simple terms, use the passé composé with avoir or être for actions finished in the past:

Je suis allé à Paris et j'ai visité les Musées. Ensuite j'ai mangé au restaurant à Montmartre, J'ai mangé une blanquette de veau et bu un bon Bordeaux.

The use the imparfait for comments and descriptions: c'était très intéressant et il faisait beau et chaud. Heureusement, il n'y avait pas trop de touristes ce jour-là.

Use the imparfait for the equivalent of 'used to' - for facts in the past which are no longer true:

Quand j'étais petite, j'avais un chat qui s'appelait Tounette. J'avais aussi un petit vélo rouge et j'habitais à Morteau. J'adorais Johny Halliday!

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Old 06.02.2015, 16:57
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Re: The First World Problem Thread

The guys from the elevator company came to do the annual maintenance. For whatever reason, they have changed how the numbers correspond to each floor.

Instead of -1, the basement/cellar level is now floor 0.
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Old 06.02.2015, 17:15
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Re: The First World Problem Thread

I have a conjunctivitis and I can't read EF as much as I would like to...
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Old 07.02.2015, 11:59
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Re: The First World Problem Thread

I received a letter from a swiss company for my present and future address details after six months from now. And I am not gonna stay that long. It was all in German which I can't understand. I was a bit worried about the reason behind getting this letter.
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Old 07.02.2015, 12:02
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I received a letter from a swiss company for my present and future address details after six months from now. And I am not gonna stay that long. It was all in German which I can't understand. I was a bit worried about the reason behind getting this letter.
If you need help, scan the letter and post it on EF to ask for assistance. BUT be sure to block out your personal information first!
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Old 07.02.2015, 12:07
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It was all in German which I can't understand. I was a bit worried about the reason behind getting this letter.
A FWP is not having a smart phone with a camera. If you did, the new google translate app can translate an entire letter; you just take a photo of it and it does it. It's not 100% (it's just google translate still) but you'll get the gist of it.
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The differences between l'imparfait and le passé composé is driving me insane.

I realise this is not a new problem in learning French.

Also, why do I feel more comfortable speaking French in my apartment where I'm likely to get it wrong compared to the classroom where I am supposed to be learning the language in a convivial environment?

Change your location to Zürich. We at least in dialect do not have the imparfait/Imperfekt/simple-past but just the passé-composé/Perfekt
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Re: The First World Problem Thread

They put new bulbs in the street lamps yesterday and now they're too bright ( especially reflected off the snow).
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Re: The First World Problem Thread

The street lamp is exactly between our barn and a tree - so I keep mistaking it for the moon - Which means I have to go outside and look up to find the real moon! (if there`s no clouds. If there are, then it makes my life very confusing - Life would be easier if the street lamp was the moon)
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The street lamp is exactly between our barn and a tree - so I keep mistaking it for the moon - Which means I have to go outside and look up to find the real moon! (if there`s no clouds. If there are, then it makes my life very confusing - Life would be easier if the street lamp was the moon)
Why do you need to see the moon?
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Why do you need to see the moon?
How else is she supposed to know when it's time to transform?
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