I didn’t know what to expect, what is it like learning a new language when you’re actually grown? How difficult would it be? Nevertheless, I was excited, and i was hoping to become trilingual some day.
Well in the 3 years i took high school french, i learned the basics. How to greet people, how to introduce yourself, how to say “cat”, but i was nowhere near fluent.. Sadly.
Upon going to college i became aware that 4 semesters of a language course were required for my major department. It was then that i pondered on whether i should make life easier and take Spanish, since i fully know the language, or go ahead and start with french… from the very beginning. I assumed college French would be more prestigious, and my peers AND instructors would take it more seriously. I was right. Last semester i took elementary french, and it really brought me down memory lane, but it was definitely a good way for me to re-learn all the basics.
People become very interested when i tell them i know a little bit of french, because well, there’s this whole aesthetic surrounding France--especially Paris. It’s been a dream of mine to visit France, mainly because i would have the opportunity to exercise my knowledge of the language, even if i sound totally American while doing it.
One of my dreams will finally become reality. June of 2017 I will get to live out my dream and study abroad in Angers, France. Although still many months away, i anticipate to expand my knowledge and have a month filled with adventure, food, and new friends. 2017 will be the year of many grand opportunities. Je suis tout excité!
-- Lupita Villarreal