fi : af

french institute : alliance française

I’m thinking about taking classes there in the Spring. It’s a bit expensive, but I really want to speak the language better and I think I’ve gone as far as I can on my own. I need constant exposure to people who speak French in order to better understand the language. I just took a placement test and I wonder what level they’ll put me in.

When I took the self-assessment, they originally gave me this question:

Expliquez comment vous allez apprendre le français en 5 étapes.

Explain how you are going to learn French in 5 steps.

I was able to come up with three answers (which I’m sure are completely wrong grammatically speaking) before I pretty much ran out of vocabulary:

  1. Je vais étudier et apprendre des mots française.
  2. Ensuite, je vais faire des études du grammaire française.
  3. Je vais parler avec mon ami français parce que il peut m’aider avec ma prononciation des mots française.

So I decided to do the self-assessment again to get an easier question:

Expliquez à un ami comment aller de chez Pierre, rue Bonaparte (A) à l’Alliance Française de Paris (B). Rappelez-lui l’heure de votre rendez-vous (9h30) en toutes lettres.

Please explain to a friend how to go from Pierre’s apartment, located on rue Bonaparte (A) to the Alliance Française de Paris (B). Remind him or her of the time of your appointment (“9:30 am” written out in French).

I was able to answer the question but had to look up two words: turn (pretty essential) and U-turn. This was my answer:

Vous allez en direction du sud et vous tournez à gauche à la Rue de Vaugirard. Vous allez tout droit, ensuite vous tournez à gauche à Boulevard Raspail. À Rue Huysmans, vous faites un demi-tour. L’Alliance Française de Paris est à droite. Nous avons un rendez-vous à neuf heures et demie.

Since I had to look up some words, I decided the question was above my level, so I looked for a much more basic question:

Présentez-vous avec autant de détails que possible (nom, âge, profession, adresse, etc.).

Introduce yourself in as many details as possible (name, age, occupation, where I live, etc.).

The question is basic but I have horrible grammar skills and I’d much rather start with a class that allows me to review than to start in a class that’s way beyond my level. I still had to look up a few words, but it was definitely much easier than trying to give directions. I submitted this answer (since I can only take the assessment test once):

Bonjour ! Je m’appelle Ena Suarez. J’ai vingt-trois ans et je suis de Los Angeles et Philippines. J’aime chanter, voyager, jouer des sports, lire et manger beaucoup du fromage.

Actuellement, je suis à New York et je crois qu’elle est une belle et magnifique ville. J’ai une appartement avec mon amie, Lara. Je la connais parce que nous sommes allé à la même université. Nous étions trois ans à San Diego à l’université, mais actuellement je travaille dans la commercialisation chez ________ ____________ et mon colocataire travaille pour une banque privée.

J’ai une grande famille. Mes parents, ma sœur et mon frère sont tout à California. Je manque leur beaucoup.

Je voudrais prendre un cours de français parce que j’espére parler français mieux.

Have I ever said before how much I hate being bad at things? I want to speak French well now. If only I was a genius. Or I had that Matrix machine where you can just upload information into your brain. Yeah, that would be super cool.

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