26th September we decided to visit the Day of European languages and we didn’t see much.
We started in a museum on the square. Organizers handed us a map, little badges and told us that with every task we complete, we will get a stamp. Excided (of course) we headed for the stairs. Then we had to wait, because another group was already in the room. Our task was to make a little book which involved only a little bit of folding and cutting. After many difficulties we managed to do that. We have also seen a short play about the Little red riding hood. And I must admit that that was the thing I enjoyed most.
Than we were introduced to Spanish objects and we were supposed to match every object with the right word. When we successfully failed at that and got the stamp (I guess trying counts) we, now a little bit less excided, went to Alliance Francais where we took photos with French things. I decided it would be best if I used my look to showcase the Muslim minority that is a huge part of French culture. Taking those photos was very tiresome so you can imagine our excitement when we could wait in the English library.
There we were asked if we knew any of Shakespeare’s work. Mackbeth, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Othello…well the list goes on. The lady looked quite surprised we were actually educated in this topic. She handed us pictures of characters from Romeo and Juliet and asked us to do a dialog between them. And please, you have to understand that I’m not trying to ridicule anything, but this really wasn’t appropriate for our level of English. I must admit I really admired the lady that was talking to us. I would be very nervous. But her Czech accent was really strong. If she was talking to younger students, they probably wouldn’t mind it, but I would choose something a little more challenging for us next time. I do understand there are many people of various ages in events like these, but maybe it would be better to specify for what age group the tasks are made. On the other hand, we saw younger people there so maybe they enjoyed it.
I was sad when I heard that Primas were denied access because there were too many people. I would be more than happy to offer them to take our place instead.
Also, because of all the waiting we only managed to get to those three places. I don’t want to give you the impression that every task was this uninteresting for our age. Maybe, the other places were more challenging. But speaking from my experience, we would live just as happily if we wouldn’t go there.
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