I can’t believe it’s been two years since we left Greece to start our new life here in France. Two whole years! I know, where has the time gone? Of course, we’ve been busy. As always, I’ve been writing and we’ve steadily been working on the house, as well as getting to know the local area. We’ve even made a handful of friends. But still, twenty-four months! We’re obviously having way too much fun.
The one thing we still haven’t done though is get to grips with the language.
Of course, when it comes to Robert, this is more than understandable. Still working in the UK, he’s only here one week out of four and within minutes of his arrival I’m handing him a list of jobs to do. What with the grass needing cutting, this wall needing painting and that ceiling needing dropping… you get the gist, the poor man doesn’t stop. But what excuse do I have? Especially when I’ve been to classes, done the homework and all but submerged myself in French grammar.
I suppose my lack of progress comes down to a lack of practise. I mean I can’t really strike up a conversation with the lady at the till in the local supermarket. Or expect the telemarketers that call to run through the various verb endings with me. It’s no wonder my most used phrase is Je suis desole. Ma Francais n’est pas tres bon. (I’m sorry. My French is not very good.) And I’m not sure if I’m even saying that correctly!
Anyway, as of this morning I’m pleased to say all that could be about to change. And all thanks to a friend who invited me to join a group he attends – a mix of French and English people all eager to practice their opposing language skills.
Naturally I was delighted and willingly went along to say hello, or rather bonjour. After all, I’m not going to improve my French if I don’t seize the opportunity to speak it, am I? So there I sat, for a whole two hours, chatting with my friend and a couple of French ladies, happily accepting praise for my accent even if it was pretty obvious my vocabulary is somewhat limited.
Safe to say I must have been having fun, because just like the last two years, those two hours flew by!