Bonjour, ça va?

I feel like I haven’t written a blog post in a while? I have my ‘365 days of thankfulness’ that I write on everyday, or at least think of something to write in each day!

But hey, just a quick update on what else I’m doing off my list when I’m not doing one of the ‘bigger’ things. Soooo learning another language!

I love travelling and although English is spoken in a lot of countries I like to be able to say a few words in the language of the country I’m visiting. It’s not practical to try to become fluent in lots of languages so I thought this year I would try to relearn some french. At least even if I’m not fluent, being able to read a menu and communicate a little would be useful!

A couple of years ago I spent a few months in Toamasina, Madagascar doing some nursing and teaching and there were very few people who spoke any English, but could understand some French. As I don’t speak French it was very frustrating to not be able to ask them anything or explain things (communication via acting, body language and expression is a great ice breaker though!)

In the future I’d love to work with Mercy ships again sometime, so thought it might be good to have learnt a little bit of another common language.

Like a lot of kids in the uk I learnt French, but it was mostly ‘hi I go to school I learn maths and I have a house with a living room an bathroom.’ Not particularly useful in real life I’ve found!

So I’ve started learning basic French, at the moment I’m using the Duolingo app which is great for practicing when I’m on the go or in advert breaks.

The app itself is split into sections like food, pronouns, adjectives and each section is split into mini lessons. Each mini lesson has different activities to help you practice what you’ve learnt.

So far I’ve learnt how to greet people, foods,colours and clothes. Most of the main words I remember from school, but I’m trying to remember the grammar!

Has anyone else used any other app to help them learn a language?

Bon nuit!


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