Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

I could go on and on about foreign: foreign cars as I consider buying a new car, foreign people as I’m foreign everywhere I go and always have been. But what’s exciting at the moment is Spanish. I’ve been learning Spanish since the start of the summer and I’m really loving it, getting a hang of it too.

I’ve got a little French under my belt and hopefully I develop the courage to keep learning. Mind you, I still struggle with English so there’s that too!

20 years on- Excuse my French!

I get a 4 out of 5 for effort!

When the Dailypost suggested writing about my favourite class at school, I immediately thought: French! I loved learning the language plus my teacher had a great sense of humor, which always helped tamper the irritation of those grammar mistakes. However, I wasn’t a champion French speaker. Again, it was one of those things I was average at.

My relationship with French started over 20 years ago. The language is still a challenge for me today, which is embarrassing. The words I can say, I say very well. I was in Pau, France last year and I ordered my meal in French. The waitress went off in a French paragraph for what felt like 10 minutes. I didn’t understand a word she said. Apparently, my initial French sentence was so good, she thought I was French. I have began to think about improving my French so I went into my archives to dig up the last official report from Dr. Watson dated 1992. He had this to say:

Kemi wants to do well in French and her keenness is refreshing. There are gaps in her grammar and her examination technique let her down a little. Still, broadly speaking, this is a sound start.

It’s unfortunate that almost 20 years later, I’m still broadly speaking, making a sound start. You’d think I’d be there by now. Nevermind the gaps in my currently non-existent grammar! C’est la vie (translation: This is life :)). I’m now looking for a French tutor and listening to Tony Buzan CDs for French Beginners. Anything to make Dr. Watson proud. At least, not much as changed since he last commented- my keenness is refreshing and I get a 4 for effort. I just need to get on with it and make progress- preferably in this decade.

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