So next year I have decided we are going to Paris. Possibly more of France as well, but at least I will see the real Eiffel Tower and not just this:
I have also seen this:
In fact these two replicas so fascinate me that I've used them in a book I'm working on, but that is not the point right now.
The point is that I AM GOING TO FRANCE.
And yesterday, I got this:
Why Pimsleur and not Rosetta Stone? Two reasons: 1. It's a whole lot cheaper 2. David Sedaris seems to like it or at least find their language lessons drolly amusing. Yeah, that's how I make decisions, folks. If Pimsleur is good enough for David Sedaris, it is good enough for me. Moi.
So far I can say: Pardon Monsieur and then go on to inquire if he understands French. Or if he understands English. Or if he is American. Or if he understands in general. That was pretty much lesson one. Pimsleur is a stickler for the correct accent. I don't have that yet, but I am hopeful. No written words. No dictionaries allowed. DO NOT take notes warned the tutor before lesson one began. Just listen and say and we'll get you through this. Soon you will be asking the waiter for your baguette like a native. And then there was some scientific stuff about how Pimsleur knows his stuff about how the brain learns language. Even a middle-aged brain that barely remembers her high school German other than the first three lines of Der Elf King and how to order in a restaurant and ask for the bathroom.
I think the dog is learning French, too. Oui.