有一陣子我愈想愈不爽. 很多人都說有一個外國伴侶, 要學外語就更容易了, 我看很多人實際上也是這樣, 但我們卻為了要講他的母語而吵架! 開什麼玩笑阿! 對他來講, 說法文是一件多麼易如反掌的事, 反而是本身必須得強迫自己講法文的我來限制他不能講英文!? 真是什麼鳥事都有!
總之, 現在我對付他這種行為就是用法文回他一個字: "Quoi?" (什麼?)
剛開始我這麼做時, 他以為我沒聽到, 所以用英文再講了第二遍, 而我也再回給他那個字. 他質疑的看著我, 滿臉寫著怎麼可能聽不懂咧! 我啥也沒說地默默的等著, 一般人會問說是聽不懂還是怎樣. 不過, 果然外星人就是不一樣. 他又用英文再說了一次一模一樣的句子, 而我也還是一模一樣的回他那個令他抓狂的字, 兩個人就你來我往的浪費了五分鐘...
終於, 他對我說了 : "你是聽不懂還是怎樣!?" 而我還是用又皮又賤地嘴臉回了同一個字... 因為他用英文問! (看到他抓狂的臉就莫名的覺得很爽 !)
在我只回答一個字的行為之前, 我從好好跟他解釋, 沒用! 之後轉變成強迫限制, 但也沒改善! 漸漸地, 我轉變成時時提醒, 偶爾抓狂, 不過也沒改變什麼. 之後我就裝傻聽不懂, 讓他了解除了法文以外, 我其他的語言都聽不懂.
不過時間終究還是最好的老師, 雖然他到現在還是完全改不了, 但跟我說英文的機率有比以前還要少很多. 這陣子當我說quoi的時候, 他可以馬上從英文轉成法文, 有點像翻譯機呢! 呵呵~
For a while, I got upset more and more when he speaks English to me. From what I have heard, it supposed to be easier to learn a foreign language when you have a foreign partner, that’s what I saw in many cases, too. However, we are fighting over a subject of a French person can’t speak French to me? He got to be joking!
It should be so easy for him to speak his mother tongue, but I am the one who has to force him to speak it, to someone like me who is learning her third language! I just couldn’t believe it! Anyway, my reaction to his English speaking behaviour is now different. I answer with one word: “Quoi?” (What?), and that’s all!
I pretend that I don’t understand him. When I first did it, he thought I didn’t hear him, so he went on repeating the second time in English, and I replied again with only one word. He looked at me with doubts, couldn’t believe that I didn’t understand his words. I didn’t say anything, and I waited for him to ask if I didn’t hear or didn’t understand it. That’s a normal reaction, I think. Wrong! What was I thinking? Of course, he is unlike most people; he is a god dame alien!
He repeated again in English, and I too repeated with the same word that drove him crazy.
“Can you understand or what?!" He finally asked, still in English.
I don’t know why, but it brings me joy when I see his annoyed face!
In the end, he realized why I kept saying the same word, but it took us about five minutes though.
Before I act like a bitch, I did explain nicely with patience, but it didn’t work, and then I forced him to speak French whenever he speaks to me, that didn’t work, either. Gradually, I reminded him to do it most of the time, but not always with a nice attitude, and that still didn’t change anything! So now, I pretend that I can’t understand him at all, unless he speaks French.
Time is, after all, the best teacher. Although he still mixed two languages from time to time, but he does speak less English than before. Lately, He can change from English to French right away when I said quoi, it’s a lot like a translating machine!