Saturday, May 1, 2010

Why yes, I am bragging

Do you ever have those weeks where it seems like nothing is going your way? And you just want to go sit in a corner and cry?
Well that's how this past week was for me. And the week before that.  I don't want to go into a long rant about it, but there were a lot of things that I had been hoping for..that just didn't happen. Then I got (and still have) bronchitis, and I kind of felt like locking myself in my room for a while.  We've had a week of TAKS testing, but the freshmen only had one test (while the sophomores had 3). That meant half of my week was spent sitting in class doing nothing. Absolutely nothing, except watch movies that were rated G or reading. Which can really old after a while. And, to top it all of, my Friday evening was spent in the school cafeteria taking a practice AP exam.
So, to put it mildly, I wasn't exactly wild about going to my classes today (after 3 hours of sitting in silence, that is). 
I walked into my French class and looked up at the board. "National French Exam- Top 10% scores", the board read. There were 5 names.
Mine was one of them.
It felt awesome.

While they were saying among themselves it cannot be done, it was done"  - Helen Keller

For those of you wondering, the National French Exam is about 50 % listening. The listening portion is typically played for all of the kids at the same time using a CD player. It's difficult for me to understand voices in English (let alone in French) through electronics so I got special permission for the script to be read to me by the teacher administering the test. I don't get any extra repeats, just a live voice that uses the FM, as well as that I can lipread if need be. That's also what I do for all of my French quizzes and tests, and I can assure you I wouldn't be doing nearly as well if I hadn't asked for this accommodation.


  1. Congratulations! That is so cool. I've always had a hard time with foreign languages. It's great to see you are doing so well! :)

  2. WOOO-HOOO!!! That just made my day! (a) You're mastering a foreign language despite the extra challenges that involves, and (b) it's French, which is one of the most beautiful languages on the planet (it's what I took in HS, too). Great work!

  3. Thank you so much, Megan and Julia! It made my day too :) I started taking French just two months after my first CI was activated, and had NO idea what to expect. I've gotten really lucky (so far) that all of my teachers have been absolutely wonderful.

  4. That's amazing! I couldn't do it with Spanish when I was in high school. Great job!

  5. Congrats - that's wonderful! You should be bragging about this!


  6. Three years late, but "c'est super!" - Ellen


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