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Back to School, C’est Amusant!

img_5493Now, the kids are all settled back into school expanding their knowledge of French, so why shouldn’t you? Yes, I know we’ve all teased our kids at one point about joining them in their classrooms to find out what they are learning, but I’m talking about French class for adults.

The year that our daughter started French immersion kindergarten and began bringing home books that I assumed would be super easy for me was the year that I looked into community school. Those kindergarten level books were a shock. They were filled with words that I had no clue about. Thank goodness for pictures.

So when the community flyer came around and I saw French was on the list, for $15 I began my French language learning journey. The teacher was a lovely lady in her early 60’s, a retired French immersion teacher of Acadian decent. I felt like I had found my own secret French tutor as only about 8 people signed up.

Growing up with only the core French curriculum, I was loving being spoken to in French even though most of the time I was simply enjoying the sound of the language, not really knowing what she was saying. She was so knowledgeable and patient and the more I figured out, beginning with how to pronounce the alphabet correctly, the more I couldn’t wait to learn. So here are 4 reasons why you should think about going back to school:

  1. An opportunity to speak French with others. Expect to laugh a lot. At others and at yourself with no risk of public shaming or embarrassing social media exposure. As much as you dream of your children conversing in French with you while picking wild flowers in a field at sunrise, you may find your opportunities to try out the words you’ve learned or grammar you are dying to practice will be few and far between.
  2. It’s an evening out for You, not your kids. Constantly shuttling the kids around to their activities and their friends houses doesn’t leave a lot of time for your own interests. But over the years I’ve found that showing the family that Mom or Dad as a human being, not android chauffeur, deserves to have an evening or two for themselves.
  3. You will make new friends. How cool is it when your child runs into friends they met from summer camp or swimming lessons and they have this special bond away from the daily school grind. This is your time for fun new friendships, inside jokes and maybe even a secret handshake when you meet at the grocery store or soccer field.
  4. It’s exercise for your brain. The benefits to your brain health are astounding. And less painful and expensive than botox, facelifts or cryogenics, learning a second language helps to keep your brain young and looking its best.