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Lettering is probably going to be like Type I, which is bad if I want credit for Type IV but maybe the teacher will give me special projects or something? He's English. That is all kinds of awesome. Not only will we be able to communicate easily but even if he speaks Italian quickly I can mostly understand him. I don't know why I'm so shit at understanding native Italian speakers...maybe it's how the words just flow seamlessly so I'm all "What the hell did you just say? Something about cars?" (this totally just happened, by the way...a woman asked me something about cars and I have no idea what it was...I translated it in my head to "There were/are cars here?" and since they were right in front of us I doubt that was it. Perhaps she was talking about the illegal parking?). Hopefully this will improve with the next week of lecture. Decided that despite this being early on a Friday, I like this teacher so I will stay with him rather than move to Wed. nights. Still need to drop multi-layer...need to find out how the hell to do that *emails Aleksandra for help*.

Helped a girl who wants to get into the exchange program and go to Pratt next semester with her letter of motivation. Hope my edits don't make her sound too American or whatever. I want her to get in and I think Pratt could be very good for her. They seem quite laid back here and I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop. When am I going to have five projects due on the same day when the printers happen to be down and the closest print shop is closed? Does that even happen here? Also, from what I've seen, they don't even have large format printers at NABA! And they use paper sizes A3 and A4. Blowing my mind.

Need to unpack like whoa. Landlady and nephew are coming to check out the room to make sure previous girl didn't damage anything.

Birthday on Sunday. Possible Purim party Monday night. Do I want to party with most likely orthodox Jews? The men get weird when they get drunk (see: Jewzapalooza, freshman year). Other party Tuesday night, I think. Will probably make appearance at that once since nice Chabad family invited me. Purim = Holiday with costumes, A LOT of booze (not to be confused with Passover, which has a four drink minimum but no costumes...and no yeast) and food (ie. hamantashen: dough with filling--often fruit--in shape of triangles, like Haman's hat).

Date: 2009-03-06 03:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emileigh.livejournal.com
It's not just you. I've been taking Spanish for 13 years, give or take a semester. Still, something about native speakers with perfect phonetics and fluent speed makes me react with blank stares instead of words.

On a tangent, drinking and costumes?! Jewish celebrations > Christian celebrations. Baptists aren't fans of alcohol. Or dancing. Or parties in general.

Date: 2009-03-08 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superri.livejournal.com
That last bit about Baptists sounds like the plot to Footloose. You are more than welcome to join me in celebrating Purim!

Date: 2009-03-06 10:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ohniki.livejournal.com
SPOILER: They aren't wearing shoes.

I don't know about you, but I have come to love the A system.

Date: 2009-03-06 10:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ohniki.livejournal.com
Also "I think Pratt could be very good for her" translates into "You know what you need? Discipline." in my mind. *is still hating on the European school system*

Date: 2009-03-06 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superri.livejournal.com
I may or may not have had that thought run through my head...

Date: 2009-03-08 12:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] superri.livejournal.com
I have yet to use the A system but I'll let you know when I've converted.

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