May 11, 2009

Trust thy student...

In my Spanish class .....yeah, how else will you know about it?! My husband and I are taking up classes just to drive out some boredom of our otherwise mundane weekend...and we are almost through our beginner's classes.
Our teacher has begun another beginners' crash course and our class timings have been moved an hour to accomodate that. Out of sheer habit, though we remembered our timings, we reached the class earlier than our scheduled time.
Now people who know Spanish, know the 29 alphabets the language has. The 'las' and 'los' of the language, why no object has a gender but only the word does. Why you may ask. But why do you ask why? Thats exactly what one bugger was doing in the class. He was questioning why the language was like this, why did it evolve like this at all?
Now the teacher told him that she did not form the language, nor does she governs the rules of grammar or the sounds of letters and combinations. She teaches them, as they are. Fair enough you'd think.
Our smart ass tells the class then...."in some ten to fifteen years, even these rules are going to change. Trust me"
WTF? Trust you that the basic rules of a language that has stood the test of time and evolved with new words and such from the Middle Ages accomodates your views in some years?
Why does anyone want to learn a language at all? Why do you expect the language to accomodate you? Is it so difficult for a 20-30 year old guy to 'learn' or be 'open to learn'? I seriously want to shove something down his throat.


Seema said...

You write nice aunty. Keep the posts flowing. I am a regular reader of this blog.

Shilpa said...

Spanish classes - hmmm... interesting. Would you post what you learnt on the blog? So, we can learn too :-P

Regarding the questioning student, well... it is probably because in school we were never encouraged to ask questions. And some people took it too seriously to question everything and that tends to get out of hand.

As long as the guy isn't wasting the time of the class, use him like an amusement.

I said...

As one grows older, it becomes harder to learn a new language. Particularly, the gay ones.

Sowmya Srikrishnan said...

Seema: I rather not respond to someone who calls me aunty!

Shilpa: Oh yes! The guy is the entertainer :)

I: Hmm.......i might have to think hard to come up with an equally smart-ass comment! anyway...what exactly are these gay languages? You sure have a theory behind that and maybe good enough for a post too :)

VijayaRaghavan said...

I see you have been churning new blogs quite regularly!!! Wonder how you manage that.


I said...

Latin languages.