The most incredible language learning adventure
You might be thinking "of course, he thinks French is easy. Easy for him! He's French".
Yes, I am French. That’s actually the very reason why I got shipped to the middle of the Alps, where I had the most incredible language learning adventure of my life (so far).
When I was 25, I got my first job abroad, as a French teaching assistant. In Europe, we like to ship young natives to high schools of other countries, so that students can get in touch with actual speakers of the language they learn. We call them language assistants.
I had always wanted to learn German (you should see the collection of dust gathering German resources I had back then!) so I thought it would be a good idea to be a French assistant in Austria.
I was assigned a position in this adorable town named Gmunden, and my life promptly turned into a linguistic nightmare. I knew some German (not much) but 99% of what I heard was local gibberish. They speak a dialect there. I didn’t know.
I had to learn to understand the local gibberish AND also learn to speak German (which the locals understood but rarely spoke) to survive there as an expat for a whole school year.
All this to say, I’ve been in your shoes. It took me a lot of efforts to get through whichever situation I would have to face daily, as an expat in a tiny town. You know, like find a flat, get any weird paper I happen to need, acquire edible food so I don’t starve, etc. I had to learn fast and it wasn’t easy. Because, you see, nobody told me how to do that. And even with my great track record of learning and teaching languages, I still had a steep learning curve.
As you can see, I survived. Later, I even passed by German B2 certificate.
And the best news? You don’t have to suffer like I did. Your Roadmap to Fluency’s sole purpose is to make your French learning journey smooth and enjoyable - with a compassionate French learning coach who understands what you’re going through. As opposed to, you know, a bunch of villagers who make it clear that you must be really dumb not to naturally understand their gibberish.