I have been learning French for about three years now.
J’ai appris le français depuis trois ans maintenant.
An on/off journey that has gotten me no further than having a basic conversation about the weather and what I had for dinner.
Becoming fluent in French has been a goal of mine for a long while, from my High School days. However, I never got the chance to formally pursue it until I started college. My French teacher in my first semester hailed from France itself and was a great mentor in guiding me along the path to French fluidity and I passed with flying colors. In my second semester however, I failed grammar miserably, I got a “F.”
From thereon, I thought I would be a failure at the language. I went on to my third semester and despite my doubts, got an “A.” My hope was restored.
Since leaving college I have tried to continue my studies, but life mixed with a bit of demotivation has stifled my efforts. Learning a new language on your own is not easy.
College gave me some formality and structure, and even though I am against the formal education system (you will learn more about that soon), I must say, it gave me the foundation to start my French learning journey.
I am committed to being fluent in French. Since college I have done tutoring lessons on iTalki, watched dozens of French films, read many French publications and changed my phone’s main language from English. Still, I am not where I want to be three years on because I have not applied myself.
Application is something that requires principle, some form of structure and overall, discipline. Since college, I have not applied myself to learning French. I have become lackadaisical towards my mission in mastering the language.
I am trying to apply myself and it is a continuous mission. However, I am now 25 and I will be fluent in French by 30. So that means I have to start applying myself or else being fluent in another language will be one of my dying regrets.
What mission are you currently on?