I still exist, and I've been working on my French for approximately 25 minutes per day for most of the year and making what feels like solid progress, which is at least one good thing I can say about what has been an otherwise trying year for me.
I finished the tree on Duolingo and I'm now making my way through gilding the whole thing again, especially the parts after the third checkpoint, because I feel like I'm quite weak in the grammar that was introduced in that section. I've also been using Lingvist to drill vocabulary and I've been finding the flashcards kind of addictive, and the graded reading and listening very helpful.
I was in France over the summer and was able to navigate without speaking English. I am still very lacking in the vocabulary I would need to hold a proper conversation, but I felt confident in ordering food, asking directions, buying things, and people spoke French to me. The moment I crossed the border into Belgium though, it was all English all the time. I guess I have an accent? Still, it made me feel very good to know that I've actually learned something.
I'm back in Canada now, which means easier access to French materials. I picked up a copy of Le Petit Nicolas from the library a couple weeks ago and was happy to find that I was able read it relatively easily. Last time I picked it up I didn't finish it before I had to take it back.
So I guess next steps would be to seek out a more advanced course, acquire more vocabulary, expose myself to more native materials, and work on output because other than being in France I haven't really forced myself to actively use French.
I think I will try to check in a bit more regularly here, maybe start trying to blog a little in French?
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