I know my newsletter is a bit late but I’ve just been on holiday in Normandy and enjoying warm (not too hot) weather, the sea, mussels, French coffee and wine, the amazing sunsets and of course, practicing my French! We stayed in Agon-Coutainville which is a pretty small town mainly visited by French tourists.
I love having the opportunity to speak French (I studied French and German but my French has got rather rusty!) so I thought I would let you know what I did every day starting at about ninish in the morning (adding -ish to a time is a wonderful way to be vague 😊).
I was never too afraid to ask the other person to speak more slowly (they speak so fast!) but, of course, I know this is easier in a holiday context than if you’re in that all important English meeting at work and have problems understanding.
I am very grateful to my Belgian ex-colleague and friend Isabelle who I do tandem training with (we speak French and then English) for her patience as her English is much better than my French! I think you need to get on well to do this on a fairly regular basis but the practice helps a lot.
So if you are visiting an English-speaking country, take a deep dive into the opportunity to practice your skills – it is a great opportunity!