Let’s start at the very beginning… Posted by Tim Hildreth on Jul 26, 2022 in Culture, History, Language
As they say, it’s a very good place to start. It turns out, it’s also a good place to end. After 6 years … and over 300 posts! … this will be my last blog for Transparent Language.
All good things…
My French journey began way back in 1981 when I was in the 7th grade. My local college only offered French and so I – and about 30 of my classmates – got our first taste of foreign language from the fabulous Madame Rankins. Despite a boring old textbook (in which we followed the adventures of John Hughes, an American living in Paris … and from which I still remember the phrases “Voici une lettre pour vous.”1Here is a letter for you. and “Ma faute? Comment cela?!!”2My fault? How can you say that!) she made learning le français fun!
I had so much fun learning French that in 1985 I left my hometown and moved to France for a year! It was an experience that, as I shared in my first post for Transparent Language way back in March, 2016, completely changed my life.
Since that first trip over 35 years ago, my French family has grown. I still love going to visit people in France as often as I can (like I did here and here and here) but now I also have extended family in Canada and I love visiting them and the wonderful places they live (like here and here and here) to keep my French skills up and immerse myself in the nearest thing I can find to France this side of the Atlantic.
And I have so enjoyed our time together these last 6 years sharing my love for French literature(like here, here, and here), films (like this and this and this), television (here and here and here), and songs (like this and this and this and this and this).
But toutes les bonnes choses ont une fin3All good things come to an end but as another famous song says, ce n’est qu’un au revoir! And so, until we meet again, mes amis, keep learning, keep loving the wonderful gifts of language, of cross-cultural connections, and keep growing! Write your own love letter to France, keep falling for France, et vivre heureux!4live happy
And if you’ve enjoyed reading me these past 6 years (or you’re just joining the journey) you can revisit my past posts here. I’ll miss our weekly connections but I’ll still be immersing myself in all things French!
À la prochaine!5Until next time!
- 1Here is a letter for you.
- 2My fault? How can you say that!
- 3All good things come to an end
- 4live happy
- 5Until next time!
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