As some of you may have noticed by my posts in French, I have been taking French classes.
There was much debate among members of the family and friends as to why I had this urge to learn a language that was so different from my mother tongue. I actually got into an argument with my cousin over it, who wanted me to learn Spanish instead. Apparently, learning French was a waste of time.
Sometimes I really wonder how I managed to grow up among people of a completely different mind-set, with absolutely nothing in common.
I wasn’t interested in having long arguments about whether Spanish was easier than French or whether learning German would be a better option with that cousin of mine; he’s the last person you would want to argue with. I wanted to learn French because we all know that French is awesome.
But seriously. I wanted to learn French because I wanted to learn French. That’s the truth.
Their countless attempts did eventually fail, when I signed up for French. I think learning a new language was a decision I made keeping in mind my field of work. Working in the hospitality business, I knew that being fluent in any foreign language will always come in handy.
Moreover, Marion Cotillard convinced me to learn French. She didn’t actually call me up one bright day and expressed how extremely delighted she would be if I gave her native language a chance. It’s the way she spoke so politely and elegantly in Jeux d’enfants. I fell in love with the way she spoke. So yeah, I learned it for her.
The best thing about it is the institute I’m learning it from, Alliance Francaise. It’s not a french learning center and more of a french cultural center. So meanwhile we are having our french lesson, students in the next class may be having their piano lesson.
Add to that, they have numerous social events going on. They have French Bazaar, they have this movie thing where you get to see brilliant French movies, they have concerts….it’s great! You get to meet people that speak French and you get to enjoy at the same time. What more could you ask for?
Although it is a French Cultural Center, they are starting Italian classes pretty soon. How great is that?
Language does break boundaries. Just today I met a family at AFK that I knew from work. They had stayed at the hotel for more than 3 months and we always use to say hi to each other and have little chit-chats. I didn’t know the wife spoke French (She’s a real gem by the way). She told me she was born in Germany but went to a French school. So she knew English, German, French and Italian as well. I just felt very shy and timid after that so I just kept my mouth shut and eventually au revoir-ed my way out of there.
So I guess learning french wasn’t a total waste of time, was it?