Bonjour et Bienvenue

Salut, Je m’appelle Shauna.

When I was 14 I was lucky enough to go on a school trip to France. I visited Paris, Lyon and a few other places and fell inlove with the cities, the culture and the language. Of course, I couldn’t understand the language but I vowed to become fluent and live in Lyon for a month when I was older.

The trouble is

1) My French is just as bad now as it was at 14. Oui, I know the basic basics, Bonjour, Merci, Au Revior, Je ne sais pas.. but I still cannot hold a simple conversation.

2) I am still stuck on the otherside of the world in New Zealand.

However, in January of 2016 (my gawd that sounds a long time away), I will be travelling to the otherside of the world. The destination is London but I am hoping (if I can grasp French in time) I may be able to extend my stay to France for a month.This gives me around 8 months to learn French.

8 months sounds like a good amount of time, but considering I have been speaking English for 22 years and there are still words I do not know.. this is going to be a hard journey.

What will this blog be about? Most Importantly to keep me on track with my learning the language. I will start including French into the posts, different topics I am learning etc. Also, I want to learn more about Europe (specifically France for now) which includes the History and Culture. I also want to learn and write about Travel which is a broad topic which ranges from saving, to Ideas, activities etc.

How I am starting this voyage? Well as most people who are learning a new language, I am using DuoLingo. A great site (also an APP). I have also brought some books. I will be looking out for French Classes in my area and of course be using the resources found on the internet.

One day, I will be able to watch a French Film and understand it without the subtitles (or so I can dream!)

Au Revoir. A bientot!
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