But Danish really rots the brain.
That and I'm expending considerable amounts of rant time on the Coat Factory Cultural Center with Associated Prayer Space. Yeah, it's not as catchy as "Ground Zero Mosque" but has the bonus of being ACCURATE!
But I do have to mention one of my dear Danish classmates. She's a sweet and loving person who is probably the least educated individual I've ever met. She's really open to learning new things, but sometimes the mind is just baffled by what she doesn't know.
Things like: there are more than 40 spoken languages in the world. Or that Chicago is in the US, but Canada is another whole country north of the US. See Canada, no one believes you are another country. Just give in and become our 51st state, okay?
She discovered Google Translate the other day and was so excited. She just had to tell us all about it. I was bemused. But then one of my other classmates had also never heard of it before, so it was a good thing that I know how to use the Google and I could get the address for them. And thus I learned several things that day in Danish class, like "the internet is not nearly universal as we'd like to think" and "Google has got to step up it's advertising."
She's also a big fan of the US. Some of her family lives in Florida and some in Illinois. Today she proudly told me that all Latinos love America. My Danish teacher asked if this included Cuba and Venezuela. Okay, okay, she says, but other than Cuba and Venezuela, everyone else loves America. She has the most adorable innocent view of my homeland. A very "An American Tail" kind of view. Any second during class I half expect her to launch into "there are no cats in America and the streets are paved with cheese!" What, does no one else remember that movie?? Sigh. Y'all missin' out, y'hear.
Anyway, I hate to burst her bubble, because it's just nice to meet someone who actually likes my country and how, exactly, am I supposed to explain that we're a country of assholes and dicks? It would be like kicking a puppy!
She really makes Danish class worth going to. You never know what she's learned or what she wants to know about or what pronouncement she has regarding something she's been thinking about (like the "everyone loves the US"). Today's question - if you are a lawyer in the US, can you practice law in DK? She was very surprised to hear the answer is no.
Alas, she's about to stop Danish class. She's 8 1/2 months pregnant. Yeah, girlfriend is about to pop, she's HUGE! I'm not sure when she'll be back and I will certainly miss her antics. My husband wonders what I'll have to talk about now at dinner. The other students in class are certainly going to have to step it up a bit. Although today I did learn a bit about the international opium trade. This will have to be investigated further.
On a completely unrelated note, I'll end with a funny.