Challenge: Practice/study 1 language everyday (French)
Date: December 16, 2014.
Location: Several different countries (reporting on the final day from Orlando, Florida)
Being Canadian, I’ve had a small degree of exposure to French fairly often in my life, but I’ve never become fluent. This year I took on practicing each day. Many days I only did one lesson online or read one article in French (a mere 5-10 minutes) but I definitely feel way more comfortable with the language.
A small amount of consistent effort can result in something substantial over time. I am pleased to have seen this over the year. Especially when my former workplace became more officially bilingual over the course of the year, I was delighted to be able to follow along with meetings, read correspondence, etc.
Learning French was also confronting to my ego (fearing looking silly in front of others). However, any time I put myself out there and used French, I was met with excellent support.
So here were the strategies I employed to learn French:
-duolingo.com (excellent website to use the language is several different ways)
-learnfrenchbypodcast (short lessons by podcast)
-Drive Time French cds
-reading news in French
-lessons on YouTube (free, easy to find)
-practicing with friends and family
-reading The Atlantic Co-operator magazine in French then English (helped me learn language that was used in my workplace)
-listening to French radio
-Met a tutor every couple of weeks for a 1 hour session on skype or in person to learn new vocabulary and practice grammar
Bonne chance à tous!
I will continue to practice and study French. It’s a great way to challenge my brain and it’s useful in so many ways.
Thanks to everyone who supported me! Merci!