#37 – Make an extensive French flash card collection.
#38 – Memorize every last French flash card.
#39 – Hire a French tutor to work with me once a week (6 months).
I’m taking a different approach to getting my French up to speed, and Dave is coming along for the ride!! We found a native French speaker who has been coming to the apartment once a week to help us out. One of her first comments to me, “Flashcards are boring!” She spends an hour talking to me, and correcting my goofy grammar, and she spends an hour teaching Dave the basics.
I know French much more as a spoken language than a written one…this comes through two summers of total French immersion in Quebec 10 years ago, as well as a customer service job speaking French on the phone. Revisiting the basics through Dave, while spending time each week just talking in French, have been really valuable and fun.
Dave’s homework is focused on memorization, while mine is focused on reading and writing things I am interested in, focusing on improving spelling and grammar. I’ve enjoyed doing this with Dave, and our different talents in life help each other learn. That’s to say that I just say anything in French to get my point across, while Dave focuses on spelling and pronouncing thing correctly.
The goal is to take our summer vacation in Quebec in 2012. It would be wonderful to introduce Dave to that time in my life, as well as reconnect with the family that I lived with.