I used to have an obsession with France, a preoccupation which began in high school and continued into my early years at university. I had a burning desire to visit France and experience its culture, and to learn the French language. When I went to university I studied a semester of Beginner French. It didn't stick. At the time I wasn't interested in putting in the hard work the classes required. And so this desire lessoned and, over the years, my obsession with France faded. Of course, I still want to go there, to experience Paris and travel through the south, but it's no longer at the top of my bucket list.
I never lost the desire to learn a language, something I've mentioned to my sisters several times over the years following my ill-fated French lessons, mostly in a wouldn't that be cool kind of way. I'd encounter or read about people who were multilingual and admire them for this achievement.
Last week I came across a tweet about Duolingo*, an app for learning languages, and thought why not? Why not give it a go? So I downloaded the app and its companion, a flash cards app called Tinycards, and got started. And, as it turns out, learning this way is pretty fun.
I've started started from the beginning, with Basics 1 and 2. So far I've learned about the different words in regards to gender (woman, man, he, she etc.), the masculine and feminine uses of the and a, and a few other words and sentences. I'm spending five to ten minutes (sometimes more) learning most days. I know that doesn't sound like a lot, but it's enough for me. I'm not expecting to become fluent, I just want to learn (and be able to order a coffee in French–a very important task). Each task challenges my brain a little and leaves me feeling like I've accomplished something for the day. Why not try it?
Until next time,
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