It’s been almost 6 months since I picked up my French again. In school, I learned a little bit of French, I went to France for an exchange programme and then once I left school, I forgot almost all about it.
In November 2017 I decided to pick it back up and improve my French skills using the Rosetta Stone software and app! And what can I say, I’ve been growing my language skills as well as growing as a person and finding out about how brave I really am, ha! 🙂 If you want to read part 1 of my Paris adventure you can find it here.
This image describes pretty well how I felt the second time around visiting Paris. I had made plans to speak French to locals, ask for the bill, buy some clothes and order EVERYTHING in French. In comparison to the first time visiting Paris I was more confident, had bigger plans to make the Parisians respond to me in French and it happened! 🙂 Admittedly, the last 5 minutes in Galeries La Fayette before I jumped into a French conversation I was NERVOUS – But nervous in the most positive way ever. Some excitement to finally put my improved language skills to the test also played to that nervousness, for sure!
This lovely lady understood everything I said, helped me to try on a dress, and what I loved the most about it was that she was patient. I asked questions and she helped and didn’t once jump back into English! I felt amazing!
I then went on to buy a book in French and ended up with “The Alchemist” – No misunderstandings or English slip ups here either. When I then went to spend the night at a Jazz Cafe and the owner told me I speak really good French, my Paris visit was complete. I felt empowered to do anything – maybe even learn a 4th language? 🙂
I’ve said it before and I’m going to say it again – learning a new language teaches you so much about yourself and other people! It helps you get out your comfort zone and really fills you with confidence that you didn’t think you had! When I started picking it back up in November I was sceptical and a little worried about how it would all turn out, but now here I am – excited to go to France again and not afraid to tell any French person I meet: “Bonjour! Ca va?”
You might wonder if Rosetta Stone is the right choice for you – I’ve been learning on the tube, on the bus and in cafe’s whilst surrounded by other people. I can honestly say that it was the most convenient way to learn a new language, especially for someone like me with a busy London lifestyle 🙂
You can try a free Rosetta Stone demo in over 20 languages AND get 50% off any language course with my code “SANDY50” here. Good luck guys!
If you want to watch the final YouTube video, click here.