I took French language classes from the time i was 11 until i was about 21. I never got exactly fluent, and that was all almost 20 years ago anyway, so let’s just say i don’t really speak French but i recognize it when i hear it. I do strongly feel that if i’m immersed in it again i’ll be able to dog-paddle to keep myself afloat1.
But i’d still like to start preparing the language zone of my brain with some French input now. Hence, i’m seeking suggestions:
- Language-learning tools. E.g.: I’m looking over Sandrine de Paris, and am also looking into taking classes at Alliance Française de Seattle. Low-cost or free is preferred, but if you swear that Rosetta Stone is useful, i’ll consider it.
- Magazines you’d suggest? I’m in Seattle and have a pretty decent selection of newstands with non-U.S. papers and magazines.
- Audio: language-learning, radio stations, podcasts. I’d love to be able to listen to French while i’m walking to/from work. I tried listening to my Pimsleur CDs, but they’re designed for interaction and aren’t so useful for passive listening.
- Your great idea here.
- I do speak fluent French when i’m pickled in port, so that’s an option worth considering. [↩]