La Quatrième Jour

Jeudi has been ok. Par mal!

I understood much more than i did on Wednesday. l couldn’t help but laugh when Zainab said if ‘passé composé’ was a man she will kill him. Why a man i have no idea. But no hard feelings really. l guess most people were finding it difficult. Passé composé….hmmmm I’m getting there 🙂

 We visited Machine de l’ile with all its amazing displays. As is becoming a norm a few of my friends decided to go for a some cheeky pints as they termed it so i bid them goodbye.

l walked back home from Machine de l’ile. Walked???? Yep……clap for me. l found my way home alright even with a short cut. C’est Bien

 

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La Deuxieme Jour et La Troisième Jour (Life as a foreign student)

Day 2

Today has been an amazing day.

After our lesson the class visited Cathédrale Saint-Pierre-ET-Saint-Paul de Nantes. Medieval Nantes has certainly got a lot to offer. We also visited Château des ducs de Bretagne.

Although its just Tuesday it felt as if l have been here a long time. It also felt like I’ve know new friends for a long time.After our promenade de Nantaise, a few of us went to the cafe because Irina was craving crêpe. l had ‘oeufs du fromage’ and it was amazing.

Oh yes……l went to lidl Lol, because i was craving brioche. l had no idea where Carrefour was neither did i fancy getting lost…peut-être pas. Lidl is close to where l ive so it was ideal.

Day 3

After a tiring day for me, Maja and I got the tram to head home. I got to know she lived in my area as well. We were on the tram when a very huge man boarded. Before I could offer him my seat, he asked the gentleman opposite me if he could offer him his seat.

Not long after the man sat, the tram began to smell. I mean a very offensive smell. Everyone started looking around if they could identity where the smell was coming from but to no avail. Within a minute I got up from where I sat. The smell got worse and worse. People also started to vacate the area.

A lady picked up her little boy from the push chair to smell his nappy. Certainly a little boy’s poop couldn’t be that offensive. It was then a passenger told her not to worry and that the smell was not coming from her son. You could see the relief on her face.

Alors, I continued covering my mouth and nose but it was in vain. The worse happened when Maja told her there was a lump; I mean an enormous chunk of poo on the floor on the tram. What?? She goes yes. I said nooo! that couldn’t be true. I tilted my head to see……………..oh Mon Dieu c’est vrai.

Everything in me was churning. I really shouldn’t have seen that. I started to feel sick. To say I wanted to throw up is an understatement. I wanted to vomit. I couldn’t breathe. The lump of sh***t had fallen from the big man’s trousers. It’s been on him and he’s been travelling with it for God knows how long.

Not wanting to embarrass myself by being sick on the tram, I got off at Aimé Delrue and walked the rest of my journey home. Maja found the whole ordeal really hilarious. I didn’t. That was gross. Disgustingly gross.

“ILLITERACY SWEEPS OUR CITIES”

Education is said to be the well spring of wealth and happiness. However the shocking statistics assembled by the Evening Standard present a challenge not only to schools but for society as a whole.

Recent report shows that our nation especially London is in a literacy crisis as one million people in London cannot read. Statistics provided by the London Evening Standard shows that 1 in 4 children in London leaves primary school at age 11 unable to read or write properly. 1 in 5 leaves secondary school without being able to read with confidence whilst 16 percent of 16 to 65 years old have the reading ability of an 11 year old.

David Cohen from the Evening Standard said:  “Children are most often glued to the television, houses are full of the latest game consoles but there are no books. More so, statistics also show that 1 in 3 children say he or she does not own a book however 85 percent of children ages 8 to 15 own a game console. Homes without any books; not even a magazine is described as scandalous. Without books, children have a much greater chance of spending a life time being unable to read. When a teacher asked his pupils to bring a book from home, one nine year old brought an Argos catalogue saying “It’s the only one we’ve got.”

Children whose first language are not English and also have parents who cannot speak English are seen as being at a disadvantage. The reason being, parents struggle to find the opportunity to read with the children. Nonetheless, Sir Michael Wilshaw of Mossbourne community Academy in Hackney States: “That immigration is often used as an excuse for low literacy. There is work to be done as there is a rise in the Argos catalogue family. 72,000 British children arriving in high school every year are unable to read to the expected level. However, schools that strive to go beyond the national curriculum are said to have a better achievement.”