October 24, 2012
Before this year I visited France, mainly Paris, at least a half dozen times, and have found that I could pick up enough of the language to get around without too much difficulty. I have always loved the sound of French but never studied it formally. This year I decided to try to learn spoken French using the Pimsleur method, and I have completed what Pimsleur has to offer (i.e., through French III). Although I have learned a lot, I still need a lot more practice to comfortably converse in French, and I thought joining a group of Francophiles might help. Additionally, I think it would be a good idea to start learning more about the written language. My only goal with learning French is to become reasonably good at it and to enjoy the mental and intellectual stimulation that goes along with the challenge of learning any new and somewhat demanding skill.
My name is David, and I live about half an hour north of Baltimore. Although I have had an interest in French for decades, I have only recently begun organized study of the spoken language.
Once again, this was a very nice group of great people with a good range of age, gender, and ethnicity which made it a very pleasant experience! Unfortunately, I feel that I may be somewhat of a burden in a group in which everyone else can already speak French quite well. I'm considering that it may go better if I work with a tutor to try to increase my conversational skills and grow my vocabulary before trying to integrate myself into this type of group. I'm quite happy right now sitting and listening and occasionally interjecting a comment, but I don't expect other members of the group to have to retard their experience to accommodate someone with my presently very limited French language skills. All in all, though, I think this is a wonderful group and I would like to become more functionally capable to be a real participating member. I'd be interested to hear what others think about having a beginner who cannot contribute much just now. Do you mind having me there?