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May 09, 2005

Female Computer or Male Computer..

Woke up this morning with a splitting headache and I had to get out of bed for my dreaded French oral. My friend from Malaysia sent me this e-mail which didn't cure my headache but did amuse me. Thanks Shi Yan!

Fwd: Subject: Male or Female Computer

Male or Female Computer?
A French teacher was explaining to her class that in French, unlike
English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.
'House', for instance, is feminine; 'Pencil', however, is masculine.

A student asked, What gender is 'computer'? Instead of giving the
answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female,
and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer should be a
masculine or feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons
for their recommendation.

The men's group decided that computer should definitely be of the
feminine gender (la computer), because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic

2. The language they use to communicate with other computers is

incomprehensible to everyone else

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for

possible later retrieval; and

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending

half your paycheck on accessories for it.

(No chuckling guys … this gets better!!!)

The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be
masculine (le computer), because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on

2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time

THEY are the problem; and

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a

little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

The women won. So computers are MALE!

I know any men reading this will say '' Ahhh, as usual, women always win their case! Well, well whatever..." I still don't know how the gender system in French work. I asked mon professeur and he said you just have to know them. During the oral, when I wasn't sure I just pronounce them as fast as I could and crossed my fingers hoping Monsieur Steve didn't really notice any difference (le and la is almost the same rite?). My head is still throbing in pain but am so happy that the oral is over. It went so so but am so grateful that Monsieur Steve was really nice and patient with me. I really enjoyed learning French taught by him. Il est tres sympathique. Merci tres gentil, Monsieur Steve!

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