Bonjour à tous,
I am pleased to inform you all that I am OFFICIALLY done with classes. I know I took exams earlier this month, but I then continued with 3 extra weeks of summer class parce que… Pourquoi pas? En fait, my daughter was still in school and will be just for another week, so rather than have an entire month empty of things to do, school was the better option.
I cannot believe it is already over, the time flew and now the days until I return are so small. A year, nearly a year of French classes over 650 HOURS of French classes.
My goal when I got here was to reach a b2 level, an intermediate level (sufficient for French university) of French. I started a low A2… not very strong, not very confident… and not sure I could do it. But I am pleased to announce that somehow I passed my B2 deuf (this colleges version) of a diploma. I was waiting for the results before I wrote this blog. It was a lot of work and a lot of getting over my fear and just trying. My daughter was a constant help with her constant correction of my pronunciation. So it is possible to Jump levels in French like that.
I went from
A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2
In the process skipping, essentially, an entire term of B2 level courses (as normally it takes 2 full terms 1 year to go from B1 to B2… a year and a half to two years to get from an A2 to B2)
But with determination, the help of some really amazing teachers and a pinch of confidence, I managed it.
I Know? I am still surprised. My French is by no means perfect, but it is sufficient to have fairly complicated conversations in various topics. My reading comprehension is pretty good, I am currently in the middle of the 4th Harry Potter book in French… yes I have read the first three. My oral comprehension improves daily. Grace à tous les series, the tv series I watch with my Daughter in French. She is currently into Avatar the Last Airbender. Very interesting in French. My writing and grammar skills still need work, but that is the same in English so I am not surprised.
This has been, by far, the most rewarding experience of my life and also… one of the most challenging. But the growth: Personally, emotionally, and relationally with my daughter has been so worth it.
Let me just say that my daughter’s personal growth has been amazing. She has matured in a way I didn’t realize she could. We have become closer. She is more confident… if that was even possible, and she has just bloomed here. We both have.
The mountain air of France, I tell you guys. It is worth the time, the effort, and the money if you are willing.