Thursday, March 3, 2011

How Many Frenchmen Does It Take to Change A Light Bulb?

Just one but it sure helps if you have a crane.


Cherie Vintage said...

I was wondering if you could do a post about how you learned french and maybe some advice for those learning french while living in France and those learning french outside of a french speaking country.
I am currently studying abroad in Paris and I really want to utilize this time to truly process with French but I am very much a beginner. Thanks :)
Love your blog btw

Anne said...

Cherie Vintage: Not sure I'm qualified to dispense advice on this topic. I came to France with just my high school French (which was already 25 years in the rear view mirror). I have taken French classes since our arrival and now read and listen well and speak passably. If I had to do it all over, I think I would have taken a more intensive class at the beginning. As time went on, it was harder to get the motivation to do that. Practicing -- whether it's talking, watching TV, listening to the radio, or reading the paper -- is the key and of course, the more, the better.

Lost In Cheeseland said...

It's quite possible he couldn't finish the job alone and needed to call for reinforcements. At least that's what I imagine happened since the French like to make simple tasks take longer.

Starman said...

Now imagine the guys who have to change the bulbs on la Tour Eiffel...with no crane.
There are so many ways to study French in Paris. There are free classes given at l'Hôtel de Ville (you may need to sign up a year or two in advance, the openings go very quickly). There is Berlitz, where a friend of ours is an instructor. There are a lot of other 'schools' and private tutors.

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