Have you heard about the Chattanooga School of Language? It’s a great place to take language lessons before a big trip or if you’re hoping to become fluent. They teach several languages in group classes: French German, Spanish, Japanese, American Sign Language and more. They also offer one-on-one tutoring. I’ve always wanted to learn a second language (and maybe a third or fourth) and have always loved French culture so I decided to mark one more thing off my bucket list by learning French. Learning a second language will be an asset to my career, helpful when traveling, and a way to connect with my husband’s French heritage. He’s taking lesson with me so it’ll be fun to travel to Canada one day and visit the areas where his grand-père’s family lived.
I’ve been taking classes since January and am finally moving into intermediate French this month. Beginning classes meet once a week, using French in 10 Minutes a Day by Kristine K. Kershul. It’s certainly difficult to learn a new language. Beginning classes have mostly been memorizing vocabulary and practicing pronunciation. Memorization isn’t my strong suit but luckily there are a lot of cognates for French and English. Right now I’d say I have a fairly decent reading knowledge of French and could probably make my way around Paris fairly easily. I look forward to completing the intermediate level classes and becoming more fluent.
One of my student assistants introduced me to a great free website for digital flashcards called StudyBlue.com. It has been a lifesaver. I was running through paper flashcards like crazy, but now can just open up the Study Blue app on my phone and study vocabulary throughout the day.