Over 10 years ago I studied French at high school and this year I decided to pick it back up again. French was definitely not my strongest subject back then, and most of my memories of French lessons while at school involve my classmates and I successfully persuading our teachers to let us watch French films instead of conjugating verbs. When I travelled to Paris for the first (and only time) a few years ago, I was very self conscious of my Australian accent and my limited vocabulary to attempt speaking much French.
I decided to enrol in French lessons at the start of the year to see what I might remember from all those years ago and a bit build a bit of confidence for when I travel to Paris again mid-year. I’ve really enjoyed taking these lessons and there’s something very fulfilling and pleasurable about learning something just because you want to – not because you’re studying toward an exam or qualification. I still have a long way to go with my French, however this time when I go to Paris I plan to just jump in and try speaking. I’ll probably still feel very self conscious about doing so, but to get better I’ve just got to practice and learn from making a few mistakes along the way.
P.S. if you’re a Francophile you must follow @frenchwords on Instagram – c’est formidable!