April 20th, 2009 20th

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French Course At The Alliance Française

I started my French course at the beginning of last week, and although I was aiming for the intensive track, since it wasn’t the start of the month, I had to take the extensive one, which is three days a week, for three hours each time.

So far it’s been great! My classmates seem to be ahead of me, which is good because it means I have a better chance of improving, and I’m already learning overwhelming amounts of French in little time. As expected, my confidence level was quite low at the beginning, as I had surprised myself with how poor my French has become. But with time, the light has appeared at the end of the tunnel. So my current schedule is Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 13:30 to 16:30.

However, seeing as French is the main reason I’m here, I will be moving to the extensive track at the start of May, so my schedule will be Mondays through Fridays, 13:30 to 17:50. This will definitely get me more involved with the language, and hopefully give me the opportunity to express myself comfortably within the next couple of months.

Our teacher, Leticia, is very cool. She has a lot of patience, and keeps us all involved. The diversity in class is almost an attraction within itself, as we boast Spaniards, an Italian, a Dutchman, an Iranian, a Romanian, a Taiwanese, and a Japanese (amongst others). So it’s always good to see people make mistakes different than yours, and I think it helps us all as a group.

The center is located near metro St. Placide, which is on the same line as Simplon, where I live. Therefore, it only takes me 25 minutes to get from door to door.

So now I’ll get to my homework for tomorrow. A la prochaine!

April 18th, 2009 18th

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Blog Inauguration – Welcome!

Finally, after two weeks of intense pressure, stress, sudden sadness and sheer joy, I’m officially inaugurating my Paris Blog. Now all of you (friends, family, etc.) can follow me as I pursue my life-long dream of living in the second City of Love (second to Cairo, that is) and learn the Romantic language that’s so far away from Latin, it’s hard to remember it’s placed in the same category with the likes of Spanish and Italian.

This way, I can keep you posted with what’s new and improved around here, and how I’m coping with it. It’s also a good chance for me to keep my thoughts organized, and get myself to write (and hopefully one day, read) on a regular basis.

I’m expecting this to be a unique experience, and it has already surprised me a couple of times. But an experience is never complete without the interaction of those you care about, which is why I would love for you guys to leave your comments and fill me in with your own thoughts and reflections. You’ll also notice that there’s a Photo Gallery that I intent to keep fresh with new content as frequent as possible. And since I’m using the most amazing, yet simple, open-source CMS ever (WordPress http://www.wordpress.org/) I’ve added some widgets, most notably the calendar, to keep you all in the loop in various dimensions.

So on y va! Let’s get kicking! Welcome to my Paris Blog, and happy dreaming.