complete 30 consecutive days of French practice using the Duolingo app
Ever since I was a kid I wanted to learn French & visit France. It was a huge bonus to attend a high school that offered French, as well as Japanese. In year 10 I was lucky enough to visit New Caledonia for a week as a part of an exchange type program. It was a beautiful country & spurred me on to one day get to France. I studied French the whole way through high school, doing a 15-minute oral conversation as a part of my final exam.
I made it to Paris, France in 2011 as a part of a Contiki Tour. Putting all of my French into practice I explored Paris solo. Ordering escargot for lunch at a cafe, Nutella crepes from street vendors & even asking where to find the restrooms.
Benefits of learning a foreign language
There are many benefits of learning a foreign language & I often wish I was part of a bilingual household.
- Expanded employment opportunities
- Easier when traveling
- Builds self confidence
- Further development of multitasking skills
- Boosts problem solving abilities
- Often improves first language
I managed to get to 13 days in a row but missed a day. Unfortunately, the app wanted $4.99 to ‘repair’ my streak, which I just couldn’t justify. Each day I was more & more inspired to be getting closer to a 30 day streak. I’ve loved seeing my skills improve & learning new words. I don’t think I’d be able to keep up with it to continue every day but I will still use the app as often as I can remember. I’m not sure when I will need to use French again, but I like to think I will be well prepared!