I have been trying to learn to speak french, at least to the point of being able to hold down a basic conversation with my grandparents. They can speak english, but I have always wanted to be able to speak my ancestral tounge on my mothers side.
(It's one of my life long goals.)
As I speak english natively, one of the biggest grievances for me is grammatical gender.
If there was an actual system to assign noun gender, it would still be a headache, but a manageable one. However in french at least, it's completely arbitrary. Why is a ball point pen masculine? WHAT IS SO MALE ABOUT IT
It has to be the most ridiculous, arbitary, convoluted, stupid and did I mention stupid grammatical rule conceived.
I think I'll have to go and study french in an actual course, instead of tying piece it together myself. This thread really has no purpose but for me to vent.
French speakers, arbitary noun genders are stupid! /end rant