“People cannot discover new lands until they have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
 – André Gide

Bonjour le monde! Welcome to my blog. Learning a new language is a journey. It is all at once exhilarating, hard work, funny and scary. Yes, it involves memorisation, immersion, grammar study, listening, repeating, missing, repeating again… it involves confusion from not understanding 100% of what is said, frustration from not being able to express nuances, the impression of sounding silly… However, it also transforms you as you’re going along. It is a great pleasure to suddenly realize what you previously heard as gibberish now holds meaning for you. To be able to hold a conversation entirely in another language, understand and apply instructions, find your way in a foreign city or read a book in the original text. Learning a new language is one of the best gifts you can give yourself!

Yet to do all this, you need first to “leave the shore”. You have to be ready to leave the known world behind, to accept to put it aside for a while, as you let yourself become a child again, in a way. It is not an easy thing to do in itself. But once you take that step, it all becomes so much easier and the true adventure begins.

This blog is intended for all those who are learning French as a second (or third, or fourth, or fifth…) language. No matter where you are at in your learning, I would be happy to walk a little ways with you, entertain, inform, and possibly help if I can.  I hope to share some tricks and useful tips for learning this beautiful language. Alors bienvenue à tous, et bonne lecture!


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