Bonjour! I finally got around to posting my second French video. I actually recorded this over 2 weeks ago. I apologize for the quality of the video. The internet connection here has not improved since the last video. Anyway, you will be happy to know I hired a tutor (I'll meet her this evening), because I'm not satisfied with my progress. A tutor will help to teach me some of the basics that I can practice with my colleagues and use with all of my new neighbors. Hopefully, as I continue to work with her, these videos will become less embarrassing.
I came to Cameroon speaking NO French. I’ve spent the last couple of years trying to improve my Spanish. When I accepted the fellowship here in Cameroon, I made the decision to come “French cold turkey”. I could have spent some time prepping with Rosetta Stone or Duolingo, but I really wanted to learn the dialect specific to Cameroon. What better way do that then just jump right in and try to make it happen?
So here it goes, my French video blog. I will suck and I don’t care. The purpose of this video is not to make myself look good (I don't have running water, so my hair and skin will likely look a hot mess every single time). The purpose of this is to embrace my imperfections, humble myself as I attempt to do something very challenging, and to keep a record of my progress…because I will improve! French language snobs, consider the following disclaimer your warning. I will start off by just blurting out whatever French I (think) I’ve learned. There will be many, MANY mistakes. My pronunciation will suck. I may not make any sense. The only thing I can promise is that I will not give up. I will know more French in July than I did in September. I hope that by taking a risk and embarrassing myself by posting these videos for the world to see, someone will be inspired to take a risk and learn something new. Here it goes…
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