Je Veux Apprendre le Francais
I'm throwing down the gauntlet and forcing myself to expand my brain. My puny little brain that has a hard time remembering where the car keys are. Frightening. But I want to try something new. I learned Spanish in high school and college, and I was pretty decent at it. Of course I've lost most of it from not using the language. Kinda important to use a language once you learn it.
Anyhoo, we are T-minus 13 months until our trip across the pond. David and I are thinking of a quick trip to Scotland and a jaunt to Paris during our week in London. Technically, we don't need to learn French for a day trip to Paris, but wouldn't it be fun? Wouldn't it be so extremely cool to make an attempt at the language? If your answer is "yes" then read on.
I'm starting with an audio version of French for Dummies while I look at my options. Ideally, I would find a French class through our school district as part of their adult education curriculum. If I can't find that, I'll contact the French teacher at David's school and see what she suggests.
I will confess that when David and I first tossed around the idea of a trip to Paris, I was hesitant. I was basing my opinions on rumors that the French are mean and haughty and especially rude to Americans. Awfully rude of me to judge them before meeting them, don't you think? People are people, period. And I don't ever want my children to overhear me say anything negative about a culture or country before I've actually met them or set foot there. So I've changed my thinking and will do my best to acquire a basic level of the language, go there with an open mind, and soak it in.
Please know this is incredibly huge for me. Incredibly. I do not sign up for things that are, in reality, hard work. I don't like going to places (like a language class) where I have to put myself out there and admit to being confused 99.9% of the time. I'm sure this will happen. A lot.
Wish me luck.