To be honest… i believe that people who say the french are rude… or tend to generalise about these type of things have had a bad experience… met a french man who wasnt so polite, and just except that as being the culture. Honestly… i met one or two rude people along my trip… some guy in Amsterdam pulled a knife on me, the first person i met!!! i got away fairly easily though… but its just the minority who are like that… I’m not going to say Amsterdam is full of horrible people because of that one situation, because thats just not true!
Yes, my confidence grows as i become better with the language. And its different elements to the language… like at first, i could speak better than what i could understand. Now, i can understand a lot more, but it still takes a while to say the right words. I do believe itll all come together one day… and to be honest, i need to start reading more, so my spelling improves! But one thing at a time… i believe once i can understand more clearly… i will be able to get into more conversations, and that will improve my talking skills. It all goes hand in hand.
To be honest… one of the reasons i come to this website… this forum, is to hear other people talk about their experiences… how they find pimsleur, how they learnt a new language… techniques, methods etc… i like to hear that people have worked hard, and become fleunt… hearing that i think is the biggest way to boost my confidence… because if others can do it, why cant i? Its just about work ethic then. And other stories can inspire me to work harder… its great to hear.
I guess my main exposure is simply tv… and movies… its great… i large variety of movies with locations etc… it just gives me an ear for an accent. I do know a few irishmen down here… actually, there are a few irish pubs, and plenty of good people behind the bar.
I cant really tell as easily with songs… i can pick out an irish accent… and european accents are noticable, but i cant pick which one is which. But no, not as well.
I do look forward to finishing the 3rd unit… one day And yes, by the time its all done, it will probably just a whole easier to pick up new things, because i will have a stronger base to the language.
I love music as well… though i havent got into french music… another good idea though. To be honest, it can be so easy to immerse myself in french… music, movies, pimsleur, books… etc etc.