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Ordering coffee in French

November 19, 2018

Ordering coffee in French
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WOW! It has been already 4 years since I spoke my first words of french! And until a year ago, I still could not mutter much more than that!

For the first time in my life, I understood why expats do not always learn the language. All the other languages I knew, I already spoke a bit before moving.

Starting French from scratch was a challenge with new job, new products and new environment. For the first couple of years, I made no progress. I didn’t have the time nor the energy. And having french lessons in the first 6 months was worthless, I had too much going on just getting settled.

Immediately after starting to learn French, it seemed that suddenly, everyone spoke English. My pronunciation must have been really bad. So, no progress there either. It was easier to switch to English.

The language seemed impossible. There were umpteen ways to write words, and all were pronounced the same, unless it was a case of the multiple exceptions! Impossible!

After spending the last couple of main vacations learning French, and taking intensive french lessons for a year, I’m finally getting to the point that I can get around in French.

Now, in addition to just ordering coffee, I can actually understand (to a degree) discussion and explanations about different wines … a very helpful skill in this area!

It seems that the local vignerons (wine makers) are very willing to tell about their wines. Many places will also give full explanations in English, after all, there are a lot of tourists, but the most interesting stories are often in French.

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