Sometime back I mentioned my efforts to learn French. What I did not mention in my last post was that I live in a predominantly French speaking province of Canada and in a francophone neighborhood. Language learning is as much for fun as for necessity. So yesterday’s clinic visit for the baby’s vaccination presented an excellent opportunity for me to practice my skills in the real world. I decided to not start the conversation with “Do you speak English?”. I dusted off my course material and played the conversation in my head.
Receptionist – “Bienvennue”Me- ” Bonjour”……. Awkward silence….. I look at the baby….. Flash a smile…..“ummm” ……. Tongue tied….. Try again …. “ummmmmm”……. This is not how it went in my mind….
Receptionist – “je peux vous aider madame( can I help you madam)?”” Do you speak English ?”…… Grin!
Yeah, need more practice.