I've finally got round to posting here. Thanks to PM for setting up this group.Introduction
I did French at school to a basic level, but being from the UK it really was basic. As a child living on the south coast we went to France a lot and I worked a summer in a Brasserie in Normandy when I was 19. I then forgot about French. In my early twenties I spent four and a half months in South America learning Spanish and that pretty much replaced what little French I had. I remember the next time I went to France trying to explain to the people I had worked with that I had forgotten French saying "j'ai aprendí espagnol".
Over the next ten years I did beginner courses in Russian and Italian at different times, but I never got anywhere. Then when my wife and I learnt that we were going to have a baby I decided that it would be cool if I could teach her another language. At that point I had a purpose and motivation to learn and it has kept my motivation ever since. The problem is, as it turns out, learning a language is actually really hard and it is taking a lot longer than I first (naively) thought. On the up side, it's quite addictive too and the more you understand the more interesting it gets.
My daughter is now almost three and she watches French cartoons and I speak to her in French from time to time. She's interested in it and asks what things are in French (although she did ask me a couple of days ago what "Bonjour" is in French!) I want to spend more time with her speaking French from about aged 3.
So, the major objective is C1+ in French. I intend to learn a bit of Polish on the side because there is a large Polish population where we live and it would be helpful at work. Once I'm in the Cs with my French I'm hoping to return to Spanish.Plan
The objectives are:
- 500 hours audio
- 175 hours speaking
- 10,000 pages read
- 30,000 words written
With a weekly target of 20 hours.
I don't intend to set out precisely what I'm planning on doing because I think that will change over time, but it's clear to me that my weaknesses are:
- Speaking. Time for this is limited - I fit French in when I can, which is usually on short notice, so ITalki time is difficult to arrange. But getting more passive knowledge into my active vocabulary is a priority.
- Writing. I just have to be more disciplined.
- A lack of vocabulary is holding me back a bit in all areas. Specifically verbs and to a lesser extent adjectives.
- Specific grammar points keep causing issues.
Realistically I think it will take until the end of 2018, but it will take as long as it takes.
Bon courage à toutes et à tous, allons-y !