Bonjour, my name is William and it's about time that I get serious about learning French.
I am Canadian and I currently live outside of Toronto, Ontario. Living in the suburbs of Toronto, which is almost entirely English speaking (not including the many other languages people speak - I live in a very diverse neighbourhood), my exposure to French speakers is fairly limited. I was taught French throughout my days in the public school system but have managed to retain nearly zero French speaking ability.
Over the years I have made several very sad attempts to learn French without success.
Some of the obstacles that I will most certainly cause me the most difficulty to overcome are the following.
- The idea of embarrassing myself horrifies me. Having my first conversation with a French speaker will be a massive achievement and will be a make it or break it moment for me. The idea of the initial conversation is by far the number one reason that I have not been even remotely successful at learning a new language in the past.
- As you can tell from my first barrier, my self-confidence is not the greatest . Often, I have given up on myself prior to getting even the basic understanding of the language.
Now for the reasons that I want to learn French.
- For my children. My kids are/or will be attending French schools. My older son is having a great time and I want to give them the best chance possible at maintaining a solid grasp of both English and French throughout their lives. It is my understanding that language learning is a use it or lose it situation. If I can do only one thing in this respect for my kids is that I would like to provide them an opportunity to speak French all day and every day if they wish, at home and in school.
- Career opportunities. I have been stuck in an OK job for the past 11 years. I have come across many alternate career options that I have been interested in but have been ineligible to apply due to my lack of French language skills.
- I want to be able to speak another language. I have always enjoyed the way French sounds and I want to be able to speak it.
Currently, I am trying to figure out which is the best method for me to learn effectively. There are so many options in terms of available programs that promise everything under the sun that I am kind of lost. I am looking forward to browsing the forum to see what methods work for you all.