One of my long term goal was to be fluent in French (I want to utilize the language and communication part of my brain, I read somewhere, people live longer and have better cognitive functions when their brain waves are more active). Due to high concentration of math and science, and having already master a second language, I only took a year of French high school. It wasn’t enough. I forgot everything. So this year, I had set out to spend 15 minutes a day to learn French. It is midway through October, and I am still very bad at it.
To fix this problem, I’ve decided to take more time to learn it – the immersion method. I’m not in France, how can I get the maximum exposure?
- I’ve been stuck to Netflix watching the show “Spiral“. It’s a French crime show. Trying to listening to the words and phrases that I’ve already learnt. Sometimes, if they keep repeating something and I couldn’t pick it out, I’d use google translation.
- Duolingo.com and app – This app is surprisingly good because it also makes you practice talking.
- Practice with co-workers. I have a few co-workers that are fluent in French. I’ve been bugging them to speak French to me. Hah!
- Youtube tutorial – Seriously, my French teacher in high school has a strong American accent, and I found YouTube people speak French more eloquently than my high school teacher could ever speak it.
- I’m upping my game from 15 minutes to 4 hours a day. For the next 3 months. Hopefully, this plan will work by New Year I should be able to say simple stuff. C’est tout! 😛
- Play words game in French at http://jeudeloie.free.fr/plateau.htm
- Some native participate in helping you with words or phrases: http://www.francaisfacile.com/index.php
- More online course on bbc.com http://lexiquefle.free.fr/learn-french.htm
Ah, back to the France trip, Mr. only knows some Spanish, so it’ll be up to me trying to coordinate this trip to France. The matches will be played in ten stadiums in ten cities: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, St-Etienne, and Toulouse.
- 2016 is probably a good year to travel to Europe country because hopefully the FED would raise interests and the Dollars will be worth at least equal to the Euro, so my dollars can stretch further.
- I can practice my French.
- Broaden my horizon 🙂
- 10 June to 10 July 2016 is the competition. I want to take 2 weeks. As I still have the rental business to tend after.
I want to hit at least 4 cities to see 4 matches. I also want to sight-seeing. Anyone have good tips traveling to France? Route? Should I travel to another country beside France for this trip? (Belgium is on my mind as they also speak French?) Might as well see Rome, Athens, and Budapest? I have a lot to plan.
Update on buys: No buys. The market has been up so I haven’t bought anything. I want it to stay low for a bit longer so I can buy more stock on my list, but most of the deal just *proof* and *gone! Oh well!
Update on soccer: The weather has been bad, so we haven’t had any game, last weekend it was nice, but the other team didn’t show up, we won the game by default. To make the kids less disappointed, I called for a game of Parents vs Children. We had a blast!