I’m studying French through Rosetta Stone. This is not my first go-round with French. I took four years of French in high school and was quite good at reading and writing it by the time I’d graduated, but not so good at speaking it.
I love the French language. I don’t know why. It’s not easy to pronounce. The gender of the nouns makes no sense to English speakers. But still I love it and decided to relearn the language and really learn to speak it properly this time round.
To that end, besides the speaking exercises in the Rosetta Stone course, they include Studio Sessions after every two lessons in a unit. This is a personal native speaker whom you see on the screen and you and one or two other students talk to in the language with prompts based on pictures and questions from the mentor. You HAVE TO speak the language because it’s all in French. If you don’t understand, you say so in French and te mentor tries to explain in another way. I was really nervous for my first session, but really enjoyed it. It wasn’t that difficult if you had done the lessons and studied.
Today’s session is my third this week. That’s a lot. I had to kind of lump them together because i was having microphone issues and missed scheduling earlier sessions. I expect this one to be a bit more difficult for me than the last two. But the mentor are good. They have tremendous patience and great humour as they pput up with our improper prononciation and grammar, and offer gentle corrections.
So I look forward to my Studio Session today. Wish me “Bonne Chance”!