Thursday, 3 March 2016

Our French Life - A milestone

Hello dear readers and followers,

Today I sort of reached a milestone in my French language learning, at approx 11h30 this morning the telephone rang and John answered it, I heard him say the usual "Do you speak English"  the lady on the other end clearly didn't and so he handed the phone to me saying " I have no idea what she is going on about".

I said Allo and the lady babbled so I said " vous parlez trop vite pour moi" so she slowed right down and I got that she was the secretary of the Doctor John has to see tomorrow regarding his knees and she was making sure he was going to attend and for him to bring last blood tests, x-rays and letter from Doctor.
Well I can tell you it was such a brilliant feeling finishing that telephone call having understood everything, I still struggle to put a sentence together sometimes, I seem to clam up, its like a barrier comes down whenever I am confronted by someone and I just want to become invisible, but one day I hope I will be able to say "YES" when I am asked do you speak french.

But if any of you are trying to learn a language the understanding part is the last to come, I am the first to say when asked that I speak a little French but one day when you realise that you have just had a conversation with a French person and understood it all then you also realise that you are improving or going in the right direction at least..

So 1. don't give up
    2. Always use the telephone calls as a free french lesson
    3. Never give up

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6 comments:

  1. Well done you. I knew you would get there. How exciting. I speak great Spanish after a few glasses of wine! Lol
    No surprise there though.
    Love you both and love reading updates on your life. Xxx

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  2. Very helpful feel like a will never get it but your words have made me realise it will come in time just need to keep trying thank you

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  3. Thank you for your comment, are you in France? if so where are you, if you haven't already done so why not join as a follower to keep up with my diary

    Roz x

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  4. Well done Roz. You always seemed very good at the language anyway as I remember, but I know what you mean about understanding, especially on the phone. Congratulation on your blog too. I started one but something went wrong and I wasn't able to add new posts. Don't know what I did wrong but that just about sums up my expertise when it comes to the computer!!

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  5. The telephone is the scariest thing in a foreign language, isn't it? I'm so happy for you that you understood everything on the phone call. What an inspiration. I'd love it if you'd visit my blog and play Dreaming of France. I post it every Monday. You just need to leave your name and a link to your blog. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

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