French at 60

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It wasn't long after I had set myself the goal of learning to speak French that I realised that to make progress I needed to speak with French people. I started by finding language exchange partners, using the Internet of course, and Skype for video calls. This was challenging to start with but as both you and your partner are learning, mistakes are made on both sides. Much less embarrassing than if you just walk up to somebody and start speaking with them in the street!

Having gained some confidence I later took what was, for me, a bold decision to lodge with a French family for a month in April 2013. The family lived about 20 minutes by train north of Paris and I spent most days in that wonderful city. I was fortunate to make friends and this provided more opportunities to speak French.

Staying with a French family, a couple with three boys, proved to be a valuable cultural experience and taught me that learning a language is about so much more than grammar, vocabulary and being able to speak it. It's a doorway into a different culture. I returned to the same family the next year, again in April, and once again spent most of the time as a flâneur in Paris trying not to look or act like a tourist.

Following my two stays in Paris, the next year I joined a French course in Nice, again lodging with a French family. The course was of two-weeks duration but I stayed in Nice for a month, giving me a free week either side of the course. The stay coincided with the Cannes film festival and the Monaco Grand Prix! I instantly fell in love with Nice. A far friendlier place than Paris for a visitor and much warmer in early spring.


A collection of photos from my 'learning' trips to France and some of the people I met.
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A collection of photos from my 'learning' trips to France and some of the people I met.
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