State of my French: less rusty than feared

PARIS–I’ve now spent more time in a French-speaking environment than at any point since the June day in 1991 when I boarded a flight to Newark from here at the end of my family’s two-year expatriate stay.

Paris in the eveningTwenty-five years is a long time to go out of practice in a language, and I lived up to my low expectations of my degraded proficiency when I said “210” as “205” Monday evening. But each day since then, I’ve gotten a little more comfortable at not just hearing or reading French but the more difficult part of speaking it.

I’m not about to have verb-conjugation tables pop back into my head all filled out, but as I find myself engaging in brief exchanges without getting flustered, I’ve realized that the francophone parts of my brain haven’t turned to mush. Instead, I can almost picture the old synapses lighting up for the first time in a quarter of a century.

Vous pouvez imaginer mon soulagement!

(Yes, I did wimp out by checking that in Google Translate.)

I am going to need more practice to get close to my former fluency. I could add French to the Spanish lessons I’ve been taking in the Duolingo app (thanks for the recommendation of that in a comment on an earlier post here), but what I really could use is another good tech event or two to attend here. Suggestions?

 

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4 thoughts on “State of my French: less rusty than feared

  1. Bonjour Rob!
    How long you staying in Paris? If you can, try and check out Viva Tech, starting June 30th. http://www.vivatechnologyparis.com/
    Europas is happening sooner on June 14, but that’s over in London. https://theeuropas.com/
    And if you’re looking to brush up on your French, you should definitely check out Babbel. Learn real conversation content from the get go. I’m email you a promo code to try it out.
    Cheers,
    Jasmine Chao @ Babbel

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