20.8.10

French on Fridays: Learn in Your Sleep

Apricot Peach Tea

Want to optimize your learning? Go to sleep. That's what John Medina suggests in Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School.

I particularly love how Medina discusses differences in sleep patterns. Some of us are larks, some of us owls, and others a mix. If you're a lark, your best learning and working time will be in the morning. By nine o'clock p.m. you're going to want to turn in for the night (and forget about joining a late-night study group).

Owls, on the other hand, begin to heat up around 6 p.m. Bedtime before 3 a.m. is unappealing. Flex people like me can manage morning and night fairly equally (though we are generally up for a 2 p.m. nap :). For me, it's catch as catch can. If I feel inspired to study, I should. Though it couldn't hurt to study in the evening, since dreams might solidify learning.

These days, I try to study French at both ends of the day. A morning dip into my French text (hey, I just finished French One! :) and an evening dip into a French children's book or poem. French music is my mid-day companion.

This week, I thought it quite fitting to compose a little poem based on the French saying, "Who has a good neighbor, has a good morning." I do think that the neighbor might be better or worse depending on how he's honoring his particular sleep patterns.


Qui a, Who Has

Qui a bon
voisin, who has
a good neighbor,
qui a bon matin,
has a good morning.

Qui a bon matin,
may, after nibbling
raisins and cinnamon,
coffee and cream,
be that sweet neighbor

who brings your
sweet morning in.

For more on sleep and learning, check out Brain Rules: sleep.

Apricot Peach Tea (doesn't keep me up at night) photo, by L.L. Barkat.

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5 Comments:

OpenID togetherforgood said...

I really like your poem this week too. I'm a "flex" person too, married to a lark. I guess that's better than being complete opposites, huh? :) He gets up at crazy hours like 4am to do homework and studying. He says his brain is ready to be done for the day by about nine am. Crazy. I can barely think before nine some days! :)

8:04 AM  
Blogger Megan Willome said...

I'm the sole lark in a family of owls.

8:34 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Many people think I don't sleep at all. They're not quite right. I do, just not a lot.

Qui a bon voisin
who has a good neighbor
no cloture divides
no fence
opens le coeur
une ouverture
an opening
fills l'espace
the space

11:38 AM  
Blogger Deidra said...

Last night I turned to my husband and said, "What is it called if you're neither a night owl or a morning bird, because I think that's me?" He looked straight at me and answered, "Old."

We both got a laugh out of that one.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous amanda said...

hmmm...i seem to bounce around. i go through periods of being a morning person and then periods of being a night person. i do find that my children are more receptive to learning new words and ideas in french in the morning - we practice throughout the day but i give them the new stuff in the morning while their brains are still fresh and rested!

3:12 PM  

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