Okay, so I really like French. The language, the country, the culture, the people…in fact I’m taking two French classes next semester and I’m very, very excited. I’m not sure why I like French so much, I just do. Most of my friends think that French is hard (which I could’ve attested to that a while ago), but now I think it’s pretty easy (but I shouldn’t boast too much). I really like the language.
But I still don’t understand French music when I listen to it. I only understand certain words, not whole sentences which is sometimes very frustrating. For example , the only phrase that I understand in Carla Bruni’s “Quelqu’un m’a dit,” is “Quelqu’un m’a dit.” I know it’s pretty pitiful, but listening is not my strong suit. Listening to Yann Tiersen’s “Bagatelle”…forget it. My French professor last semester was actually French so I was able to pick up a better French accent from listening to her throughout the semester. At first I was pretty intimidated but I surprised myself when I was able to understand her (score!). I don’t spend a lot of time outside of class working on my speaking and listening, but I want to change that. I would try talking with my friends, but they take Spanish…and they don’t really like French.
How am I going to “French it up?”
Read French books, listen to French interviews, and watch French videos and movies until my ears bleed (not literally).
Le temps est un grand maître, dit-on, le malheur est qu’il tue ses élèves.
We say that time is a great teacher. It’s too bad that it also kills all its students.