During the existence of this blog, I have not been a particularly frequent poster. I have tried to get at least one or two new posts up every week. However, my postings are likely to become few and far between in the next little while. I`m on French training until January 2009.
What is this you ask? It`s a kind of hazing ritual for those federal public servants in Canada who come from a unilingual English background. We must go through it at least once in our careers. In my case, I`m actually undergoing my second bout. I must be a glutton for punishment — but then I am a government employee, aren`t I?
The daily training is often an exercise in frustration – the goal is to prepare the victim for a test in which they must demonstrate their ability to speak a highly artifical version of their second language that resembles formal written communication much more so than any kind of spoken conversation.
Doubly frustrating for me since I live in a bilingual household and use French daily at work. No I`m not perfectly bilingual by any stretch of the imagination, but I am able to get my message across at work and I can shoot the breeze with my inlaws all day long.
So anyhow, `nuff complaining. My French training is an intensive course that requires a lot more focus and much less computer time than I am used to. So I can`t promise even semi-regular blog updates for the next little while.
Over and out – I`m sure the conversations around Government 2.0 and whatnot will continue very nicely without me.