This post is part of Linda G Hill’s “Stream of Consciousness Saturday” — Click and read, click and join in! Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “-jour-“: add a prefix or suffix to complete it or use it as the French word for “day.” Have fun!
D’accord ! So, “jour” is indeed the French word for “day.” There are quite a few English words which at least kind of contain it! True to the spirit of SoCS, I will just write all the ones I can think of off the top of my head:
Soup (or whatever!) du jour
As for the French, (oh Linda, don’t you know that the tiny little part of my brain containing French hurts with this A to Z stuff? Whose bright idea was it for me to attempt to write A to Z in French??? Oh yeah. That was me. D’oh!)
Anyway, I do like the way the French use “Bonjour” or “Bonsoir” on arrival in a shop, for instance. It’s just expected, there! It’s impolite to not do that. Here, it’s something you don’t find too often, but it’s something I’ve tried to bring home with me and do when I go in a business. Just say hello to whoever is behind the counter or whatever. They usually smile, sometimes surprised, sometimes not, but it generally seems as though they like it! The French also say “Bonne journée” or “Bonne soirée” when they are leaving…like “Thanks, have a good day!” Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s so much more polite than just leaving. And of course, it’s awesome that they have two different words for the arrival and departure.
Anyway, le jour où… means “the day when…” so,
The day when…I started my journey to a second language, I dreamed.
I dreamed of the day when I could go to another country and dare to speak.
The day when I first dared to make a fool of myself by recording my American accent
and putting it on the the web for tout le monde to critique… That was
Le jour où I lost some of my fear, le jour où I gained some confidence over my shyness,
That was le jour où I learned much more that a few words en français.
C’était le jour où I began to OWN being forty-ish,
C’était le jour où j’ai commencé to be a little more outgoing, a little more fearless,
C’était le jour où j’ai trouvé des nouveaux amis who lived all the way across the world!
C’était le jour où le monde a devenu un plus moins grand,
Le jour où je me suis rendu compte qu’il y aura bientôt beaucoup plus de livres pour moi!
Le jour où j’ai découvert un nouveau magie…