Monday, September 19, 2011

Parlez-vous français?

 H&M dress (worn as a top, last seen here), Joe Fresh pants & necklace,
Gap wedges (last seen here) & Charlotte Russe ring

Red reminds me of French.  Why, you ask?  I'm not sure why, actually, it just does.  I speak French, technically.  For my job it was a requirement, and I worked oh-so-hard to pass my exams (reading, writing & oral) a few years ago, only to practice less and less and see signs that I'm losing my French.  If you don't use it, you lose it (popular saying... that sadly seems to be holding true in my case).

I started learning French in grade 1 and took it every year from then on until I graduated high school.  Typically, after grade 9 you can drop the French course, but I continued (one class per year) in order to (hopefully) maintain.  It provided somewhat of a base for me, but when the pressure to get a permanent job was put on me, pressure that relied on my language skills, it felt as if I'd never spoken a day of French in my life.  The stress was enormous; I was doing ten hours per week of language training (via night school, a private tutor, and a semi-private tutor) and there were definitely bouts of tears.  However, in the end (aka four months later), I passed my exams and got to stay in my job (and move up eventually).

Do you speak any other languages?  When did you learn?  Did you struggle like me?

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7 comments

Miss Caitlin S. said...

outfit be smokin'!!! Red can remind me of France too though it's totally baseless in thought, haha.

Ana said...

I really like your blog and yeah I have to learn french. I've lived in Belgium for 4 years by now and there are 2 (actually 3) official languages here: dutch, french and german. Im from Brazil so my native language is portuguese. I had to struggle learning dutch. Damn this is a difficult language but if I do want a nice job I have to learn french too, sometimes I think its just too much in my head. Sorry for such a long comment. Greetings from Belgium.

Fashion Translated said...

Love the outfit! Yes, I can speak French (part of the school in Ontario!), but also know a VERY small amount of polish. And by small, I mean 3 or 4 words. HA!

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M.R. said...

je parle un peu ....

Je l'ai étudié à l'école aussi

mais j'ai oublie beaucoup!

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relyss said...

Je suis ton blogue depuis quelques mois et j'aime bien ton style. Très BCBG et tu as toujours plein d'anecdotes sympathiques a partager.

Je suis de Montréal et ma langue maternelle est le français... But I totally get what's happening to you. I started learning Japanese a few years ago as a personal interest of mine, visited the country twice, and now I feel like I'm forgetting most of it... I feel bad for not practicing, but at the same time it's hard to find people with whom you can practice without feeling self-conscious...!

Veronika said...

mais oui! i love this outfit :)

margarita ts said...

you look stunning!
love the pants!

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