Recently, I've found myself longing for the days of speaking a second language. And so, last night, I found myself in the awesome space of Chicago's Alliance Française. A wonderful bastion of French culture throughout the world...right in the heart of Chicago.
Last night they had an open house. I invited my awesome friend, Sarah, to come along...knowing she would be the perfect companion on my trip back down language memory lane. The Alliance shared a quick introduction with us and then we were treated to a half hour basic French lesson. It was fun to see everyone in the room trying it out and even more fun listening to Sarah repeat a sentence in English with a French accent. The night continued with French bread, grapes, cheese, wine and a chance to try our hands a making crepes! We toured the Alliance's library and médiathèque and overall had an awesome evening together!
We have plans to go back for more of their events and I am thinking about taking French lessons again. I would love to be in a classroom and channel my inner francophile while wishing I was Amelie and having style like this (which I so, so don't). Ahem. While that is all true, the main reasons are that I love the language and that it just makes sense. I SHOULD know how to speak both languages if I am going to fully embrace my home in Canada.
Also, don't you have to sing the Canadian national anthem in French for the citizenship test? Eep. Maybe I should get voice lessons instead!
|Colours of France|
|Perfecting the crepe flip|
|Beautiful Sarah enjoying the crepe and jam!|