I am writing short paragraphs in French when I can. I find that writing is a meditative experience, especially when I write in the present tense with only a dictionary for reference. While I am looking out on a scene, I ask myself, "What stands out to me? What do I know how to say? How can I communicate the feeling of this moment? I see a _____, do I know the word for that, and how best to describe it?"
11 mai 2018. Je prends mon petit-déjeuner dans le café sur le pont. Je vois, en face de moi, deux bernaches du Canada. Ils ont un nid dans une boîte, au-dessus de la rivière, sur une rampe de bois, à côté du bâtiment où je suis assis. Une bernache garde toujours le nid, et l’autre va chercher la nourriture. Les bernaches sont tranquilles comme la nature, comme la rivière, comme les arbres verts. J’espère que les bébés des bernaches grandissent bien.
I'm searching for French conversation partner on one of the common language exchange websites, and I'm hoping that I can send her (when I find her) some of these paragraphs for correction. When people randomly offer to assist me with French, they often don't follow through or they neglect to correct my writing. I hope that those seeking an exchange are more likely to stick around and nit-pick my French while I nit-pick their English.
I also would love to make some friends who actually live in France.
Currently, I'm making a list of my interests so I can learn vocabulary and craft sentences about my own life experience.
I'm continuing to shadow, but it feels like a sweater that doesn't quite fit.