Monday, August 19, 2013

Impossible n'est pas francais

After having studied Latin for the past several years we are on to expanding our language study. Rose chose French, and frankly, I'm glad she did.

Before deciding which program I wanted to use, I did some reading on foreign languages and the suggestions of course studies, the specific programs, and even looked at the possibility of an online language course. The majority of the programs I researched were prominently programs of listening and conversing, but finding a program that taught the structure of the language, including grammar, was not as readily available.  Since we are not planning a trip to a French speaking country in the near future, I hoped to find a program that would promote learning to read French, as well as speak it. After all, we are Latin students and reading Latin is the goal of any serious Latin students.

Memoria Press offers this beginning course for learning French. It consists of a teacher book, a student book and an accompanying CD. This along with cd's from Berlitz and another French program (thanks to Alan's stash) we are on our way to learning French.

Good thing too. We found out this weekend that my nephew is marrying a young woman from France. She will be moving here which will give us a fabulous opportunity to converse with a native French speaking person.

Tres bien!


Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Other languages is something we haven't studied on our homeschool journey, although Im sure it would be quite enriching. How wonderful to have an excellent upcoming opportunity to practice your French, you must be extra pleased to have chosen French as your study language.

wayside wanderer said...

I like the Renoir art on the cover of the curriculum. That is important, isn't it? :)

Karen Andreola said...

French was the language I chose to teach because I had some background in it. A homeschooling friend of mine who is a French Catholic journalist living in America, read some French picture books into a tape recorder for me. I had bought the books for my children to read. (Babar stories by Jean De Brunhoff, Madeleine stories by Ludwig Bemelmans and others)
In return I sewed curtains for her family room. It was a good swap.
I wish you many happy hours - in French.
Karen A.

GretchenJoanna said...

I started college as a French major, so I am partial to that language. I also like that the book has a cover that hints at the broader culture and history to be learned and experienced. Have fun!

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