Monday, June 23, 2008

Remember that dream about school?

The one where you show up and you forgot it's exam day? Well, I feel like that one is about to come true. Next Monday I start a three week intensive French course at the ICL Clarife. I'm really excited about the course and can't wait to get in and be frustrated all over again with this language. The only thing is...

I received a letter welcoming me to the class and all that jazz, but part of the jazz I wasn't expecting. Seems that when I show up next Monday I am going to have to take an exam so they can see what level I'm at. C-R-A-P!!!

I never took French in school, I took one class in Houston last summer from the Alliance Francaise and that was one class a week for like 6 or 8 weeks. I can understand a fairly decent amount, I can speak a little, but I can not write at all. I"m not exaggerating. When I want to sign something "je t'aime" I go to Google language tools and translate because I know I can't spell. I did it just now!! It says it's for intermediate level students but that there are no prerequisites, just suggested ones. I'm not intermediate, I'm beginner, I can admit that. But they don't have anything that says beginner so I signed up for this one thinking I could cram and all that horrible stuff you do when you are behind. What if I take this test and they tell me I'm too low to even be in the class?! I would freak out. I have been looking forward to this for months. I will actually meet people here, and even if I don't like the people, it will give me people to be around and something to work toward. I can't work on finding a job until we are married and though I have been trying to do some work from home (sales) I just don't like it. I have worked out of my house for the last 5 years and especially being in a new country; I need some people contact. I want to find a job here even if it's part time, but something that isn't out of my house and on the phone all day, well really evening because it's calling the US.

BUT...I can't find a job if I don't speak French so I need this darn class. Then once we get married I can also take free classes though the government somehow. I just didn't want to wait any additional time so I decided to sign up and pay for this one though the Catholic University here. Oh well, if they kick me to the curb I should get my money back right?

Guess I will spend this week reviewing verb conjugations. I wonder if everyone else in the class is cramming right now. Those damn curve breakers are going to screw me up again...

10 comments:

Le Tigre in France said...

I hope you are able to stay in the class, I don't see why not..maybe just explain to them that you're writing is not as up to scratch as your speaking?

Don't worry about the test though, it's a good way to see where you're at and how to move forward.

I can understand how important it is to you. I've been waiting for quite a while for my cds to go through so I can do the government classes. In the meantime I'm having lessons once a week via skype because where we live right now it's too difficult to get to any language centres that offer French and man it's expensive!

Justin said...

stop,take a breath, and relax! the test is no big deal and is just so your teacher knows what they are working with. no one will laugh and it will help them guage the lesson so that you will get the most out of it. instead use your energy to get excited because you are going to be learning French and improving faster than you ever have! good luck and enjoy it.

Shari Mattern said...

Susan take a chill pill "Literally". You know what I am talking about!!! You will do fabulous. Luv Ya and Miss Ya, Shari

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