Learning another language as an adult is HARD. I grew up a 30 minute drive from the Mexican border, so in school we learned Spanish…every single year. I literally took Spanish Classes from kindergarten to eighth grade, two semesters in high school, and two semesters in college. In high school I also had the options of French and German, and though I desperately wanted to learn French, Spanish was the easy way to go for me. Same with college. When I transferred to a university, Spanish was the only second language offered. That’s the Southwest for you.
But I digress. This past year I’ve been attempting to learn French. I thought it would be easy. All I had to help me learn Spanish were my text books and TV. This time I’d go into language learning as an adult with resources. I bought Rosetta Stone, numerous language learning books, seasons of French shows on DVD….and a year later I know about as much French as I could have learned in three weeks in grade school. Granted, I’m not studying every single day. Ain’t nobody got time for that, but I still thought I’d know a lot more by now. Having a slow-learning adult brain is weird.
This whole post is my roundabout way of asking all of you fabulous wordpressers if you have any ideas or resources to share. I’m not giving up, damnit. I will learn French if it takes me ten year.