When I got back from my last trip to Paris I decided I needed to learn French. Crazy I know, especially since I have a proven record of being horrible at learning languages. How do I know? Well when I was in Italy I could say a few words in Italian but somehow I always seemed to sneak in a little Spanish too. I never mastered Spanish in 7th grade but it sure popped up when I tried to speak Italian!
The search was on to try to find a way to take a French class and suddenly I remembered a program The Ohio State University offered called Program 60. Bingo, age does have some privileges. Of course I immediately sent off my application with the hopes the class would have an opening and a few days before school started I found out I was approved for the class.
I was soooo excited to finally learn a little French. The instructor was wonderful and the students seemed eager and friendly. We learned a few things and went over what was expected for the class. I suddenly thought about all of the homework I was going to be required to do in order to be successful, plus traveling to get to class three times a week, and then I found out the book packet cost $250!
Fortunately I do listen in class and heard a classmate mention an online course called Duolingo that was free and once again I thought free was my ticket to learning French.
In the end I ended up dropping the class as it would take too much of my free time away from fun stuff like quilting and wasting time online. I did check out Duolingo and thought that is probably the best way for me to learn a little French. After all, I really don't need to know that much to travel there every now and then.
Once my decisions were made I thought I would celebrate with some fancy pastries to remind me of Paris.
Pistacia Vera. I had a very hard time trying to decide what to get as everything looked very French!