And that’s the extent of my French..well, unless you count: Je ne parle pas français (I don’t speak French). Parlez-vous anglais? (Do you speak English?), Je ne comprends pas (I don’t understand.), Je suis désolé (I’m sorry), S’il vous plaît (please), merci (thank you); oui (yes), and au revoir (good-bye).
I know I’ve been quiet, but it’s been quite the adjustment trying to figure out how to buy groceries, work with delivery people, and just run daily errands without speaking the language. Turns out that very few people speak English in the area I live in. :/
Imagine, wherever you go, everyone around you sounds like Charlie Brown’s teacher (well, except the language sounds beautiful). It makes even the simplest errand a trial in charades, finger pointing, and the hope that Google Translate is accurate so you don’t come back from the dry cleaners with your husband’s dress pants as a pair of Bermuda shorts. And, of course, your brain implodes when you finally get out the one phrase you’ve practiced saying and then you try to understand what’s being said back to you in rapid French. If I were six, I’d pick this new language up in no time, but I’m waaaaaay past six. LOL!
France is absolutely lovely with scenery like:
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But I’ve definitely had moments while trying to understand what’s being said to me that make me feel like this:
Sometimes life throws you a major curve and you just have to roll with it. Intensive French lessons are a priority now, just so I can live my daily life. DESTINY is being worked on everyday, but going slower than I want. Not finding any summer camps here to keep my kids occupied hasn’t helped either.
For obvious reasons, DESTINY’s release date is getting pushed back. This book will release in 2013, but I’m not giving a new date until I know I can meet it. As time gets closer, a date will be given.
In the meantime, I’ll provide updates on my progress on DESTINY every so often. All of the updates will be on my Facebook page, and I’ll also throw in a french phrase or word of the day too, so you can learn a little bit (un petite peu) of French right along with me. 🙂
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