If you know me from my Travel Blog, you know how much I had always wanted to go to Paris. Paris has forever been my dream destination. It was on my bucket list since I was a teenager! I forever dreamt about it, wrote about it, spoke about it & finally last year I did visit it – Paris of my dreams!
I walked along with the Parisians at Champs Elysee , walked to the top floor at the Eiffel Tower, visited the Louvre, sat down at one of those Parisian cafe’s & more. It was everything I had ever imagined & more! If it was possible I had fallen even more in love with the city!
One thing however did fall short of completing the whole amazing experience – my inability to speak their language! I had no knowledge of French beyond the basic Bonjour & Merci! And for anyone who has ever visited Paris or even France knows that without the knowledge of the language you will always miss out on the complete Parisian/French experience. That was it for me. Now, If you know me well, you will know that I am someone who will always jump in wholeheartedly at a new idea that catches my fancy & see it through! That is just how I roll.
Flash Forward, I come back & I dive in head first to find myself a French teacher!
Now if you are a working professional in India, there is no way that you can manage time to pursue anything new during your weekday. There is no such thing as Work & Life balance. We are workaholics & proud of it! ( Although now I can proudly say, I am a very vocal advocate of work life balance, I make it work.)
The search for the ultimate French teacher was real. I looked online, asked friends for recommendations, met with teachers, took demo classes but nothing seemed to be working out as per my requirement.
In the mean time I got busy with work, had new responsibilities that kept me busy, so there was some gap in the hunt!
A friend at work recomended I downloaded an APP that connects you to any service provider you want. I thought heck why not, so I put down what I was looking for & a few french teachers responded. I called a few & decided against them for one reason or another.
It was among the many applicants I came across a teacher with impressive credentials, who stayed close to me, & was also willing to work with me as per my schedule, but the catch – she was to be out of town for a couple of weeks! The wait real.
My desire to learn french only grew that much more when I got the opportunity to visit Europe again for another holiday. It was Eastern Europe this time, but Europe never the less. Once I was back from Europe, I resumed work & was just checking my messages that I may have missed , which is when I came across a message from the perfect teacher!!!
I just knew it had to work out ! She was back in town & was ready to meet up with me if I was still interested!
It was unbelievable! I called her right away & we agreed to meet up!
It was like magic, the minute I met her, she asked me all the right questions. She understood what I was looking for, answered a million of my questions. ( I ask a lot of questions! I am that first bench er with glasses, total nerd kid & proud of it! )
She was the one for me! ! She was willing to work with me & arrange the classes according to my schedule! We said Yes to each other and turns out not just each other ( now this is the fun part ) my cool tribe from school days as well! Four of my friends too! I met my friends after days & just happened to mention that I was starting with French in a few days & they decided they wanted to join in too! For two of them it was relevant to their work & for one it was like she wanted to learn French for fun!
So this is the part where I can totally say, we are living happily ever after.
I am about to complete my first level of French this month & starting with level two!
Je parle at least little Francais ! 🙂
Now I would really appreciate help from you guys too! Any French speaking readers out here?? Would appreciate any advice, tips, book suggestions for me to get better at the language!
DO you have a language story as well? I would love to hear it! Do leave it in the comments section below!
You see, All’s well that ends well – Eventually ( After not giving up! )