Study Aides

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson

I came to a stop on Linden Circle.  I was about to go on when I noticed the sign and sighed.  I had to make the call.

“Hi Mr. Driscoll.  You know that it is public property and changes need to go through the proper channels… “

“Oui.”

“When can you put the real one back?  I don’t want to fill out an official report.”

“Quatre heures et demie.”

“Make it so.”

“Oui, Officer Perkins.”

I hung up and stared at the French teacher’s latest bit of what the town called “vandalism” and he called “study aides.”

“Arrêt.” 

I laughed.

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word count = 100

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28 thoughts on “Study Aides

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I don’t think there are any towns like Mayberry or officers like Andy, but I think in some small towns where everyone knows everyone else it might be possible to find a pair like this… Of course, reading the news these days, I’m not as sure. Thanks.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I have heard that if you label items in the language you want to learn, it makes it easier to think in it. Usually you will leave the public property alone, but…

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  1. James McEwan

    Yes. if you want them to learn the language ask why. In Scotland we now have all our railway stations with their name translated into Gaelic. Also on Police cars, ambulances and all public documents. Approximately 1% of the population speak or understand the language!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      But is heritage… Let’s people know you are Scottish, not English. I guess I’ll see for myself in a few weeks.
      I’m in the US, but live a three hour drive from where French is the native language (maybe 5 hour drive to visit Dale, so a lot of people around me want to know French, and French is actually used on many state of new Hampshire signs. Just not the stop signs, unless Mr. Driscoll is up to his tricks again.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      There are keyboard shortcuts to do special characters, but I usually just google the word, copy and paste…
      Well, I had instructors that would have us make personal signs and labels for things, but usually not change for the entire town ;)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I think I agree, though in this case it can be argued that it is teaching kids to break the law… At least Officer Perkins has a bit of a sense of humor and isn’t changing “Arrêt” to “Arrest” ;) (I wanted that pun in there but ran otu of words).

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Very creative. I have heard that labeling things in the language you are trying to learn can help, but going around town and changing all of the road signs is a level beyond…

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