So… I’ve been absent for what, like a year?!
In that time, I’ve been to France twice, most recently last week to the Cote d’Azur which was beaaaaautiful and has, predictably, reinvigorated my motivation and passion for language learning.
However, between those things I was snowed under with work, stress and health issues so my language project hasn’t progressed as much as I’d have liked.
In Jan, inspired by my trip to the French countryside and then Paris, I booked a tutor and started Skype lessons every weekend for 10 weeks which was great! But then work buried me a bit so I took a break, and I’ve been stressed and not in the swing of studying really.
On the Cote d’Azur, most of my French to be honest was ordering things and asking for the nearest supermarket, so not exactly stretching! But it has inspired my fiancé and I to consider moving to France in 5-10 years, and naturally it’s made me really want to put in the work to push my French up to a fluent level (by fluent I of course don’t mean perfect, I mean able to understand and communicate efficiently without too many hitches and issues day to day, and to get 80-90% of what’s said on the radio or a podcast for example!)
I know I need a bit of a grammar bootcamp for tenses again, as I tend to make mistakes and muddle through a bit and so some concentrated study, while not best for beginners always, is definitely in order to help me clarify some of that!
Work permitting, I hope to be able to get my Skype French lessons with Julien back as they were amazing! An hour of purely speaking and listening to French and discussing an article and film/video I’d be sent to watch and read before the lesson… so useful!
Anyone have any tips for pushing up from a kind of sloppy intermediate level?! I’m trying to use Francais Authentique on youtube (and the podcasts for it!) as a guide, to read articles in French every week and to make it more of a daily habit… but I really wish I could take off and do an intensive course for a month (like the 2 week one I did in Royan a few years ago!) to be honest!
Anyway… yet more rambling about language learning when I should be out there doing it, so a bientot!