This week I was tasked with Alexa’s French Greetings and Phrases lesson for the Curious 52 Challenge. I wanted to get the most out of the experience so I decided to only speak in French for the week. Armed only with the French greetings and short phrases I learned from Alexa’s lesson, I had a hard time accomplishing anything this week. However, I do believe my pronunciation and memorization of these French words have improved dramatically!
I’ve included a brief video below that demonstrates the types of challenges I faced at work during my French immersion week. I’ve since used interpretative dance to more fully express myself and kept conversations to no more than two minutes long.
Alexa was the perfect French teacher for me. She pronounced every word slowly and clearly. I also appreciated the “cheat sheet” she included in the Attachments section of the lesson.
My key learnings from this experience:
- French immersion doesn’t work if you’re the only person speaking French.
- French pronunciation is difficult, but if you keep practicing, it gets easier.
- I’ve got so much more to French to learn - a trip to Paris is in order!
In preparation for my trip, I’ll make sure to expand my knowledge of the French language by watching the rest of Alexa’s lessons. Merci beaucoup, Alexa!