First Week Of French Class!
As we've mentioned a million times before, the French language is predominant here in Montreal. We had infrequent lessons before we moved, but it was always assumed that we'd be furthering our studies once we got here. And by furthering, I mean basically starting over again.
Since my immigration status doesn't yet qualify me for the free government classes (maybe next year), I decided to bite the bullet and find a private course. They generally aren't cheap, but one that kept popping up at the top of my Google searches was literally called "The French School." It seemed to be a small class taught by one person, which sounded a lot more like my style than a large class where students are herded in and out. The class had overwhelmingly excellent reviews on Google, so I decided to give it a try.
My first day was this past Monday, and so far, so good! Thomas, the teacher, is awesome. You can tell he's passionate about what he does, and he's great at explaining the material in a relatable way. He's also very funny, and not shy at all about dropping F-bombs if that's what it takes to get the point across. He's originally from France but has been living in QC for 20 years, so he's a great choice for understanding the intricacies of Quebecois French (yes, there's a bit of a difference).
Is it easy? No way. Our previous lessons helped me a bit, but the review of the simplest concepts is much appreciated. French is quite difficult (what language isn't?), but I feel like I'm already grasping things better than the first time around. The class is 4 weeks long (Mon-Fri, 9:30-12:30), so we'll undoubtedly be cramming a lot of material into that time. I'm doing homework every day, and I feel a lot more pressure to keep up with it considering I'll back again the next day.
What are the other students like, you ask? Well, the demographic is quite diverse. There's only one other person from the US, and I've met people from Australia, Japan, China and Mexico as well as other Canadians. There's even one student that's in his 70s. Some of them are traveling and taking the class for fun, while others like me are planning on living and working here for awhile. But everyone has been really nice, and I even had coffee after class with one of the students on Tuesday. It's not really my nature, but I'm trying my best to talk to people and hopefully make some friends.
I'll report back soon on my progress. À la prochaine!