Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I'm still alive, BTW

I just haven't had much to say recently.

I'm trying to learn to speak Spanish, so I am working my way through a Rosetta stone course. It turns out Rosetta stone courses are incredibly fun. I took two years of French in school and I have learned more Spanish today than I learned in a month of French. But at least at the beginning, Rosetta Stone is about comprehending Spanish, not being able to produce it.

Still, looking at Boris and saying "El gato es negro" pleases me way too much.

Also, I've decided to get hooked on a Mexican Soap Opera. I picked one called "Acorralada" at random. So far it's pretty good, with a lady faking some sort of illness and an attempted murder all in the first episode. Should anyone be an aficianado of the Mexican soap opera and have a better one to suggest, I'm all about that. I looked for "Betty La Fea," which "Ugly Betty" is based on, but the Tivo couldn't find it.

La fea mas bella (I'm missing an accent mark there, but I don't know how to do one in blogger) looks to be very close to Ugly Betty, judging from the ads, but unfortunatly, it's on the same time as "My Name is Earl" and a girl has to have her priorities...

CC
who has noticed that the actors and actresses on Mexican Soap Operas are largely white and finds that depressing.

9 comments:

Joel Monka said...

Glad you posted this- we don't want you pulling a Happy Feminist on us!

kim said...

What is the premise of Ugly Betty? I haven't seen it and can't tell from the ads.
Do you think the Rosetta Stone course for French would be fun too? Joyce has been trying to learn French, off and on.

UUpdater said...

Apologies for taking the comments on a tangent, but does anyone know what happened with Happy Feminist?

Not that blogging is an imperative, but just hoping all is well with her.

ms. kitty said...

How cool that you're learning Spanish, CC! I used to teach Spanish and really enjoyed helping kids figure it out. Of course, those old techniques are really passe' these days, but I had fun.

James said...

I've thought about getting Rosetta Stone for French, to supplement my classwork. I'm also about to begin a "French for Reading" book which is geared solely toward academics who need to read research, and I want something to supplement this so I have more appreciation for the language as a living thing.

Chalicechick said...

Oooh... You speak Spanish, Miss Kitty?

If you ever start watching a mexican soap opera, let me know. Soap Operas and Reality shows are pointless if you don't know someone else who watches the same one.

CC
Whose Tivo missed "Acorralada" today, so I'm watching "Las Dos Caras de Ana" instead.

PG said...

[shrugs] And prominent African American actresses in the U.S. tend to be pale and have straight hair and Caucasian features. And black politicians with a lot of white blood tend to be overrepresented in the total set of black politicos -- see not just Obama, but also the first black governor of Virginia (who I didn't even realize was black when I first saw him), and NAACP chair Julian Bond. The white beauty ideal is very effective. Look at the sudden Brazilian craze for thinness and attendant deaths from anorexia. J.Lo no mo'.

Moises said...
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Moises said...

I hope you are using the Rosetta Stone Latin American edition, because the one from Spain has a completely different pronunciation. They pronounce every "S" as a "Z", which can be quiet annoying. As for Betty la Fea, a Colombian novela btw, you won't find it on TV because that novela is about 2 years old. Spanish novelas don't last a lifetime like the soaps over here.