I’ve just finished my 4 month stay in Quebec. I was there to learn French for my job. I wasn’t in a major city. I was in a region where it was almost 100% Francophone. Here is what a typical day looked like:
6:00am-6:30am – Run
7:30am-8:00am – Breakfast with my French host family
8:30am-2:30pm – Private French lessons: with 1 20 minute break to think in English (Lol), lunch is with your French teacher also.
2:30pm-5:30pm – Homework or an activity with my French monitor (usually trips to local attractions)
6:00pm – 7:00pm – Dinner with my French host family
7:00pm – 9:00pm – Homework or an activity with my French monitor
Every day. For 4 months. Needless to say, I learned a few things to make the experience a bit more pleasant. Here are my top 3 tips when learning a new language:
1. Laugh at yourself. You are going to sound ridiculous.
2. Embrace the culture. Yes, I was still in Canada, but there are regional differences (traditions, food, music, and language – duh!) to be appreciated.
3. Talk. Sounds like a no-brainer, but it really was the first barrier. When I first started, I wanted to know how to say everything perfectly before I opened my mouth. And one day, I just said to myself… “Forget it!” and I just started talking even though half the words that were coming out of my mouth were conjugated incorrectly.
Happy Language Learning! :)