Well, pretty much the only thing going on (of which I can makes sense, that is) in my head is the somewhat constant loop of this song the kids played in class today.
We were working on self-introductions, and, as usual, the kids were asking for additional phrases to throw into the practice conversations they were having with each added question I gave them to ask and answer.
(For example, on the first day of class, one kid asked for, “Can I have your number?”, and, as I gave him the French for it, the kids learned that they really could learn to say in French everything they want to say…, and now, they bring up the number question just about every other class meeting, as can be expected of teenage boys.)
When we brought up the question and answer for “What do you like (to do)?”, there was the natural question of, “What is I love you in French?”
And so I said and wrote Je t’aime on the board.
Then a similar phrase they requested.
And then there was, “How do you say, ‘I hate you’?”
**Do note that the kids are asking all of these things in French, with only the unknown phrase being said in English, and I only speak French with them… and this is only their third week of French ever.**
I laugh, and then write Je te déteste on the board, and I help them say it properly.
Immediately, I recall a beautiful bit of music I’d been shown a few years ago (by a student), and I explain to them that there is a song called “Je te déteste”, and it is sung by an artist called Vianney, and that they should look it up.
They asked if they could play the song now, and I told one of them to go ahead and pull it up on the desktop and projector, so we could all listen to it and watch the music video.
In shock for only a moment, the boy jumped into action – seemingly before I changed my mind or rescinded (is that right?) the unexpected offer.
He found the song, and played it for the final minutes of class, and I showed them how Vianney spells out déteste in the song, and, frankly, they kind of jammed out.
It was adorable.
And so, now, hours later, I have the middle of the song playing on loop in my head…
Je crie de tout mon être
Sur un morceau de bois
Plutôt que dans tes oreilles
Qui n’écoutent que toi
D E T E S TE te déteste
D E T E S T E….
So good, but so loop-inducing 😛
Je te déteste by Vianney… you’re welcome 😛