I had french lessons for ten years in school. Ten years. And the sad thing is, that I am not capable of writing, understanding and speaking a word in french and I totally know it is mostly my own fault. Let me tell you a little bit about why I failed that dramatically and why I regret it now.
In the first few years of learning french, grade 1 to 4 (age 6-9), I really liked french, maybe because it wasn’t the ‘real’ french. We did not learn to conjugate verbs or anything related to grammar, we just learned basic vocabulary (and ate croissants I guess). So I went into High School (Gymnasium in Germany; grade 5, age 9/10) thinking it was very easy. Well, I was wrong. The first class test was a total disaster, I got a very bad mark and I was so demotivated by that that I basically stopped caring about french. With puberty and stupid teen years ahead, I wasn’t able to get back to taking french ‘serious’ until grade ten, which was my last year. By then, my knowledge gaps were way too huge to catch up with the others so I stumbled through year ten and at the end I was super happy that I never had to take a class test in french again!
But why am I thinking/writing about this now? Well, as you may noticed my English is a little bit better than my french and I start to realize how cool it would be to speak another foreign language… I love watching movies in English, reading in English, having conversations in English and actually sometimes even thinking in English. And only now I realize how amazing it would be to have access to a whole other language world with great literature, movies and people to explore. I just really like being bilingual, so I guess I would like it even more to be ‘trilingual’. And french would be a nice language to speak since I live very close to the french border, like literally less than an hour away.
On the other hand, I know that reaching a basic level of understanding and being able to have conversations is pretty hard in french with its hundreds of verb forms and grammar exceptions, so I am not sure if I will be capable of learning it. Also, I have the fear, that over the hours and hours of boredom in the French lessons I turned kind of immune to learning French and that my brain won’t let me learn it…
Nevertheless I am playing with the thought of trying to learn French after my Abitur more than ever (ahhh :O my Abi is in 2.5 months, wish me luck) and I just think it would be lovely to go to Paris and talk with people there or even just go across the border and order something in a restaurant in French.
If I start learning French properly after the Abitur I’ll definitely let you know. And I would be very interested in what language you always wanted to learn but you didn’t have the guts to do so 🙂 Let me know in the comments!
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