https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ

Surprised my mom last night!

This is funny:

Last night, my parents and I were on our way to IHOP for dinner. My mom, who speaks French fluently and knows I'm learning it, turns to me and says "Do you want a (and switches to French) crepe et un oeuf? (Switches back to English now) Do you know what I just said?" I said "Yes, you wanted to know if I want a crepe and an egg." She said "Wow...good job! Now how do you spell "oeuf"?" So I spelled it out for her, and she was impressed (I was off by one letter...I added an extra -f.)! So I asked her if she was surprised I knew that and my mom says "Yes, not many people know that. Now how do you say "bread"?" I said "du pain". Again, she was impressed that I knew how to say that!

September 24, 2015

39 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Taloua

That's why I prefer to make my language learning secretive, as yet none knows anything about it. Congrats! Nice to read this! :)

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PolishMathew

I also prefer making it secret, then I can surprise my friends/family that I can speak Spanish fluently or other language :D

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PonyDesu

Me too! I remember when I surprised my friend - she was learning something in Russian and I read that aloud, as I knew the Ukrainian alphabet. She was like "how on earth you can read, you learn German at school". :D

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ikamjh

I keep it fairly secret/low profile to keep it low pressure.

September 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Knoxienne

Awesome! That's a great feeling.

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Adam_Kocur

Wow, you're learning a lot of languages.

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CAugustusM

I love this comment with all my heart XD

May 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/KuethDuany

Wow, you certainly are learning a lot of languages, how is that going for you? Are you able to retain a lot?

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ

Surprisingly yes, because I only do one tree at a time, and then once I finish that tree, I just do review on it.

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AmirLFC

Haha the best way to amaze your French-native mum is to use French idioms when talking to her. Then she'll be REALLY surprised ;)

Worked well for me :P

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ

She's actually not French-native, we were both born in the US. But my great-grandparents came from Canada (who spoke mainly French) and France (who again spoke French)

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AmirLFC

As long as she knows the idioms it should work. If she doesn't - you both can learn them together :)

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10

Haha, congrats! :D That's cool! :)

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KoolKat09

Congrats!:))))))

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Margosil

Awesome! Keep up the good work, Kristen!

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sibhreach

That's awesome! It's a great feeling when you can do something like that, eh? :) Keep learning!!!

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bvogel1

That's great! Congratulations. It's fun to see all your hard work paying off, isn't it? My friends gave me a German dictionary for my birthday and right after I opened it I said, in German, "thanks for the German dictionary, it's great". I don't know if they realized I was serious about learning German or if they thought I might just stop at "ja" and "nein" and call it close enough, but I do think I surprised them a bit. I surprised myself a bit by how it just popped into my mind!

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TyroneJamal151

Nice... Congrats your mom should be proud!! ;) keep learning

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/doctorbird

That's great, I too wish to surprise family and friends and I cannot wait for that day.

September 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bento004.309

cool

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jojol132

cool!!!

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jetty101

It is very nice to make our mother's proud. Good work, Kristen!

September 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Amanda337185

Nice one

September 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/centime

You are fortunate to have someone so close to practice your French with!

September 27, 2015

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    I keep my language learning secretive so that i can surprise my mom which is fluent in French.

    September 27, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Hockey_Carrot

    Good job

    September 27, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/JasieenKaur

    Nice to read about your story!

    September 28, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/lexirose909

    good job i like doing that to my mom and dad its fun!

    September 24, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Bowl_of_Gnocchi

    nice :D

    September 24, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Bowl_of_Gnocchi

    I feel really left out right now lol. My mother knows im taking French, and I have like no language level.

    September 24, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ

    But maybe you can use her for practice...that's what I do!

    September 24, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Bowl_of_Gnocchi

    lol

    September 25, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/MattLobster

    that's pretty great.

    my mom asked me how to say "can i please do my French" in french yesterday, and i was all like ".... um...." :|

    September 24, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/langpedia

    I had a similar situation, so I'd be happy to share my result with you! If you mean to practise your French, it would be "Est-ce que je peux faire mon français, s'il vous plaît?" while if you mean as if to homework, it would be "Est-ce que je peux faire mes devoirs de français, s'il vous plaît?" "Est-ce que je peux écrire en français, s'il vous plait?" "Est-ce que je peux parler en français, s'il vous plait?" or "Est-ce que je peux faire mon leçon de français, s'il vous plait?" I hope this helps!

    September 27, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Jenice1516

    well done thats wonderful

    September 24, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Deadpool1.

    I like surprises so I'm doing the same thing.

    September 24, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/MattLobster

    i still haven't figured out how... :P

    September 24, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Bvogel1

    Est-ce que je peux faire mon français, s'il te plâit? But there might be a better way to say "do my French" in the target language that sounds better.

    September 24, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/MattLobster

    lol thnx

    September 24, 2015
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