Parlez-vous français?

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.

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Off With a Bang!

2013 has started off with a bang! I joined my local SLIS book club (cats were mentioned more than the book I think), had some amazing house guests fly in from California, and I’ve found lots of job applications to put in. I’m making some serious effort to get out of the house and break my Netflix addiction.

I’m hoping to find a public library to volunteer at while continuing my job hunt and possibly bump up my time at the local museum. I’ve been invited to speak at my undergrad university about museum studies and archives later in February so I’m going to be a very busy lady! 2013 is my year, I can feel it!

Reunited and it Feels So Good

Athena and the Owl moved to WordPress back in 2012, but I just now moved all my old Tumblr blogs over. So now you can read all AATO entries in one place! Take a look in the archives for September 2011 – January 2012 if you need a little more reading in your life!