Nous étudions le français
The other day I updated my Facebook status to say that my “old man advice” for youngsters would be that they should learn to a speak language(s) other than their native tongue. Rebecca and I are taking our own advice and have been diligently studying French for the past two weeks.
When I tell people that we have been working on how to speak French, non-Canadians are often quick to ask why we don’t already know how to speak the language, given that we are required to study it all the way through public school. Good question. I’d like an answer to that as well! Could it be that whatever method they use for teaching language in school doesn’t work? I base that statement on the fact that I have been able to learn more usable, conversational language (Spanish and Portuguese) in a month’s worth of once per day, half-hour Pimsleur lessons, than I did in years and years of mandatory classroom study!
Anyway, Rebecca and I are enjoying being able to practice our new vocabulary with one another. I suspect this new skill will come in handy on the French islands where we’ve always felt at a bit of a disadvantage not being able to effectively communicate with the residents.
The French-English translation app on our iPad is helpful too.