I’ve gotten so many people asking me how my french is coming along. And to tell the truth, if you want just a simple answer, I don’t know. But since people have been asking I thought I would just answer it right in this blog. So, if my simple answer didn’t please you and you want more info continue reading.
I have been in France a little over 3 months and before coming to France I took ~2 1/2 years of french. (1 yr with Rosetta Stone which I count as half because Rosetta Stone just taught me vocab and then 2 yrs at school).
The first month here I was in complete shock, I think, because I happened to forget ALL my french. Well besides “oui”, “non”, “ouai”, “je ne sais pas”, “je ne connais pas”, “bonjour”, “salut”, “au revoir”, and “Merci”. So I had a very basic level, which was kinda embarrassing because I took 2 1/2 years. Anyway I think it also had to do with the fact that I had never thought in the language and let french just go. (does that make sense?) Let me try to explain. When you are speaking your native language it just comes… you don’t really have to think about how to put together the correct sentence format because it’s natural. For me though, I had never thought like that in french. I had to think about what I was going to say before I said it. I was afraid of messing up. But, as the months passed and I picked up new phrases and vocab, it began to stick in my head. Slowly I stopped having to think so hard about what I was going to say; it was beginning to become natural. I can 100% say I AM NOT FLUENT. I don’t really know where I am. I can say I’m not where I want to be but, I have improved since the first month (of course).
So for everyone out there wondering where I am with my french I’m sorry I don’t have a great answer. I can’t tell you exactly but, I hoped this helped explained where I am. And maybe when I come back home you can see if you know where my french is.
p.s. my french accent is HORRIBLE! (but that’s okay because I would rather have good sentence structure and let the accent come later)