I started studying French when I was nine. I had no choice in the matter; it was the only language offered by my school at the time and everyone had to take it. I think I remember more from the three years of French then than all the year after.
I continued French in middle school, though I then had the option to switch to Spanish.
In high school, I decided to take both French and Latin all four years, mainly because no one told me I couldn’t or shouldn’t.
In college, I have taken more Latin classes than French, but more out of convenience and scheduling issues than any true desire. Oh, and a fantastic Latin professor.
I spent a week in France my junior year, but did not study abroad (a decision which, for the record, I do not regret).
My interest in French waned during college, mostly out of misuse, but for whatever reason, my Francophilic nature has come back full force in the last few weeks.
I’ve been replaying my (limited!) playlist of French songs on my iPod; I have plans to watch Les Choristes (my favorite French movie!) with my sister; I’ve been eating Nutella like there’s no tomorrow and craving real French crepes (but who am I kidding? I do that no matter what!)
I’ve even been thinking about how much French I need to know to start teaching my future children (should I have any) to be bilingual*
So that’s one of my projects for the summer: surround myself with French and work on improving my skills without a classroom.
My whole life I have been in a classroom learning. Now I am about to be thrust into the world with no such lucky support system. And I plan to be one of those crazy lifelong learners. So why not start here?
Any suggestions for fabulous French music, books, movies, etc?
*Yes, this seems like an odd statement, but actually I was inspired by a speech by a professor at the induction ceremony for Phi Sigma Iota, the modern languages honor society, who briefly discussed the importance and rewards of bilinguality, especially in children, and I know I would have loved to have grown up bilingual!