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Do You Speak French?

Mais Oui!

OK, kinda.

Speaking French has been one of my goals since I was five. I took French in high school and a few quarters in college. Unfortunately my path towards international sophisticate pretty much stalled at that point. However, speaking French is still on my goal list. And expanding my language skills is still possible, vs say any Olympic goals that are past/(not really ever) attainable.

I can (for the most part) converse in present tense exchange pleasantries, get directions and food.  The very nice monsieur à la fromagerie (cheese shop) told me “Ah! You speak French, that’s nice” (in French), or maybe he just wanted me to stop trampling the delicate nuances.  He seemed très genuine.  It had been years since I had uttered more than ‘Ma petit chou’ to my petites (my little cabbage–a term of endearment). I’ll accept his ‘atta Madame’, and purchase 100 grams of brie. Merci beaucoups.

My accent? Not so much. My ‘R’s prefer to remain static, and only roll with a ‘Tony the Tiger’ grrr to start them off. (I remain hopeful, and have been having fun refreshing with Duolingo.) But speaking (any) French makes me happy. And I think it is important for your kids to see you try something, struggle and try again.

I was told by a Portuguese taxi driver that I speak French like a Finn. Not sure how to interpret that statement (pun intended), and but I am definitely going with “I sound European!”  La/Le Woo Hoo!  I can muster a fairly effective Franglais option, supplemented with hand signs, a shoulder shrug, and a smile.  I have a loooong way to go to do justice to le français.  Maybe I should take this off the bookshelf and resume studying.

Before there was Google translate,

Vintage French to English Verb Conjugation Guide.  A two-sided ‘dial a verb and tense’.

Watch out google translateJog?I was lucky enough to purchase this shopping at a Paris flea market.  I do enjoy a good vintage school supply. Double bonus.

Merci beaucoups to my high school French teacher, Madame Fry, who managed to drill in the basics in that I have somehow retained.

Can’t help but smile. Adieu mes amis.

Thanks for your input!

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