Mark and Cosmo are here, too, and we're all nestled into our temporary apartment in Sedona-Slate in Rosslyn. It's nice to be all back together after being apart for a year and a half.
French class going fairly well. It's a very well organized system designed to get one to the necessary level of speaking and reading as efficiently as possible. Since I had a bit of French coming into the course, I'm what they call a "parachuter". That means that the first week I moved around different sections to find the one that corresponds to the level I'm at. That first week was spent saying je m'appelle Michael a lot. Right now I'm in a section of two people. At the end of May I'll go through another assessment and be put into another section. For now I'm scheduled to be in French until mid-August. However, I have my first language text on June 30. If I obtain my target of 2/2 (2 speaking and 2 reading), then other options may come up.
French at FSI has also been humbling. This first video is how I felt, smugly, about my French ability. After my first assessment during the first week, the second video is more how I feel.
Well, maybe not quite that bad, but close.
My advice to anyone coming to FSI to learn a language: bring your patience, desire to learn, and humility. It can be fun, but it's also a lot of work.
I'll check back in a few weeks from now when I'm in my next section.
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