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I have just finished packing up books and pictures along with cleaning all the rugs in the house.  I’m sticky and hot.  Only my family could stand to be too close to me after all this cleaning on a warm day.  I am smelly and looking forward to getting a cool bath!  Angel Girl has been a big help with cleaning and watching her brother and sisters.  I will be sad to see my helper go back to America in a month.

I told my father-in-law that I was sorry for getting upset with him.  I was stressed and knew that Petite Clown’s crying would wake them.  It woke the entire house except for Sweet Bear.  My inlaws are wonderful to us.  It is just that it is not easy to live with the grandparents.  Well, I speaking as a parent.  The children are another story.  They adore living with their grandparents.  They are going to be spoiled worse than they already are.  We are all doing well and getting all the small things moved.

I have been happy to find that I understand more French than I thought I did.  I can understand and follow most of the conversations.  I have even been speaking in French.  If it is a simple sentence or conversation I speak in French.  If it is more complicated then I fall back to English and then switch back to French when I can.  I think in six months I will be able to have a real conversation.  Now, I will hit the books.  I know what most things in French are but I have trouble with the conjugation of the verbs.  Once I crack that I will be set.  Oh, and my terrible American accent needs some work!  :)

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  • Pam June 30, 2006, 6:41 am

    I’m still conjugating verbs too! As for my American accent, I think I’ll just give up on that…for now anyway. I sound like Tarzan trying to speak French…argh! It’s just good to know I’m not alone in this challenge…thanks for posting your experiences about learning French!

  • Pauline June 30, 2006, 9:16 am

    Don’t worry about the accent….I’ne been here since 1992 and have the strongest accent, it’s part of my charm :)

  • roland June 30, 2006, 11:31 pm

    Pauline is right don’t give up your accent
    Let me send you a good link ( it was good for many people who tried to learn french…may be for you too)

    and this one is to listen how you should say “Madame Citrouille”

  • Wendy July 1, 2006, 11:01 am

    Yeah it’s the conjugations that get me too…I also need to ‘hit’ the books and study a bit. But I agree with the others about your accent – keep it…the French find it charming. I don’t even try and sound French anymore..I blaze my English accent with pride…;-)

  • Pam July 1, 2006, 11:34 am

    YAY! I’m now inspired to hang on to my American accent too…it’s great to think of it as charming ; )

  • roland July 1, 2006, 8:14 pm

    A friend of mine , who lived in America since he was 12 and during almost 25 year , steel have an incredible french accent ( in french we could say ” un accent à couper au couteau” ).
    when I asked him why he just answer me ” for the girls they were crazy about it ”
    Don’t worry about the conjugations…with a cut accent and a smile “ça passe bien mieux”
    And if you have already lost your accent……you have to visit this link

  • roger July 4, 2006, 11:23 pm

    Oui – keep the accent. I insist on speaking French with my best possible English tones. We call it PARIS, not PAREE.

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