You may be asking yourself if I know French since I mostly write about anything French related. I wouldn’t write about France without knowing the language, I would barely be able to get a croissant at a local bakery if I did not know French. The French are proud people and they take pride in everything that is French. So yes, I can speak French but I understand it better than speak it.( The french phonology is hard OK) But hey, I can also do the French R it took around 3 months but I can now do it.
Where did I learn French you may ask?
It started my Freshman year, I took one semester of French but that didn’t really help much honestly. It was once a week for 45mins. Outside of Class I never spoke French. So, I didn’t actually learn it until I went to a school in France called, Aix-Marseille Université where it is regarded as a university well known for Law and the French language. It is located in the South of France in a town called Aix-en-Provence.
What did they teach?
No mathematics or science just arts and literature.
Was it all in French?
Everything was taught only in French, there were other electives we could take like, French civilization, English to French Translation, Cinema and more.
How it the teaching system in France?
It was interesting to me because the teaching system is different. In the States, you get to schedule your classes while in France you choose your electives but the core classes, French Language, you cannot change.Plus, you have class all week… you can’t pick the usual Tuesday and Thursday school days we all know and love.
Were there any French students in the school?
Yes, there was but they did not live in France nor did they know French. The school was divided, the french learns where nowhere close to the french speaker, vice versa. We were separated by buildings.
Who went to that University?
It was mostly comprised of American students but you can find every Nationality there. Though, during their intensive summer course, there were only Japanese and Americans since they have an Affiliation program with the school.
While going there I actually learned French. I believe it or not it only took one semester to learn. Since you are constantly talking in French and are Emerged in an (of course) French environment you pick up quicker than if you just take classes but never speak it outside of class.
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