Je parle un petit français. Très petit.
I had my first French lesson as an adult today! I took French in Middle School for one year. I loved it - sort of. I loved the language, but the class could be somewhat tedious. I remember very little from that 8th grade French class. But I was surprised today at some of the stuff that came back to me from all those years ago.
I have a sweet friend in my ward who speaks French. She served a mission for our church in France, and has been a HS French teacher. She recently retired, and it is perfect, because I would really like to learn to speak French again, and better, and she needs someone to teach! Voila!
I have a love/hate relationship with all things French. I think the language is absolutely beautiful. That's why I chose French as my foreign language class all those years ago. Living in Utah, and being half Mexican, Spanish would probably have been the more logical choice. But when have I ever been logical?
Back to the love/hate relationship. Beautiful language. Delicious food. There is definitely a romanticism about France. But also I have a distaste for the arrogance, the condescending attitude it seems that the French as a whole have towards America, and Americans, and you know, their general disdain for anything moral. But now I am the one judging and generalizing. I really don't personally know any French people - so maybe I'm completely mistaken? It just seems from the things I read in the news, and especially political news and entertainment news that these are the views the French have towards America. But I could be completely wrong? I mean I know many more conservative cultures judge America by the way people in Hollywood act, and they certainly aren't a fair representation of ME! I welcome input from anyone more knowledgeable than me on this subject!
Boy do I know how to go off on a tangent, don't I? But I'm excited for the French lessons. And I love, love, LOVE my awesome friend who is teaching me. Are you learning anything new this year?