Using only online sources?
This will be interesting. I narrowed it down to driving a stick shift car or speaking French. Somehow I ended up being the only one in my family to miss the stick shift skill. However, the practicality of learning how to drive a stick shift using only online sources has me thinking it may not be the most logical.
My husband and I are huge tennis fans. It is how we met and something we get super excited about. We have attended the US Open and loved it. It is on our list to in our lifetime attend the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the French Open. Being the language and culture enthusiast I am, I would feel utter remorse if I did not put some effort forth in basic communication skills and cultural knowledge before I traveled to France. It is our goal to one day get there, so it has been on my list of things to do to try to learn basic conversational French and a few common things about French culture.
I’m hoping I have better luck than Joey did:
I do have a background in Spanish, another romance language, and I expect to make connections but I kid you not with this list of my personal French vocabulary:oui, C’est la vie, au revoir, baguette :), bon voyage
I’m going to start checking out a couple of specifically “Learn to Speak French” forums to see where most beginners are advised to start! So far I’ve subscribed to The French Language Forum and The French Language Forum @ About.com. I also plan to use WordReference Forums as I have used them for Spanish help.
Six weeks from now I will be able to greet you flawlessly in French and hopefully ask where the bathroom is among other things…