|Me, Paris, Nov. 2011|
If you have always wanted to learn French, dust off that old high school French, or just continue to improve your current level, now is a great time. There are more online communities and resources available to adult learners than ever before, and many communities have French speaker meet-up groups you can attend to practice.
I have stopped and started my own French language learning journey more than a few times since I started. I would get going but then like many people, life would get in the way. But I think it is more truthful to say I wasn’t prioritizing properly, or maybe my motivation just wasn’t there, but I feel like 2014 is going to be my year. And I’ve love for it to be your year too!
When I started learning French the first time, I came up with the acronym MERCI to stand for what I felt were the five things necessary to fully learn a second language. My “day job” is being a speech language pathologist, so my interest in linguistics and language acquisition come naturally, even if my ability to learn a second language does not! Anyway, “Merci” in French means “thank you”, but here at French Pemberley , MERCI is the acronym that stands for:
M-Master the vocabulary
E-Explore the culture
R-Remember the rules
I-Immerse in the language
I want to really learn French this year. I want others to read about my hits and misses and be inspired to start a journey of their own. I believe language acquisition is a living thing that grows or dies, depending on the attention it is given and that practice makes progress. If you are on a French journey of your own, or wanting to start one, we have a new Google plus French Learners Community here at French Pemberley that I would love to have you join! The new community is private so members can practice, share resources, and make friends within the confines of the community rules which are be kind, have fun, and help each other!
I hope you find your own journey towards acquiring foreign language fluency benefiting from your time you spend here with me at French Pemberley and I hope to see you at our new French Learners Community!
À la prochaine (until next time),