It was early morning yesterday; I was up before the dawn… okay, so I stole that from a popular song from childhood but I really was up early yesterday to go help Mrs. Z. serve crepes to middle schoolers at The Regis School. She made them the night before and they were fantastique, manifique and bon goute!
My hard work paid off because she let me take the rest of the crepes home! I served them for dinner – I checked out a new recipe for chicken and asparagus crepes and they were delicious. Thanks Mrs. Z for helping me with dinner tonight!
While tweeting yesterday I discovered another application to learn French that intrigued me so I went to their website and decided to download a free version of their software. It’s called Byki 4 by Transparent Language. It’s a flash card system with different scenarios for one to choose from to learn phrases naturally. You can choose topics that are very practical like how to greet people and how to take various forms of transportation. You will learn not only how to take a taxi, but how to ask for them to take a short cut or the fastest route. You will also learn how to question them so you don’t get taken advantage of while in the taxi.
How does this Byki compare to The Rosetta? Well, both have their merits. The Rosetta keeps one moving forward and on a logical path to sentence structure and pronunciation. Byki allows you to skip over lessons and navigate easily to practical lessons that will help you on your first trip to France. From what I have seen so far, it is focused on getting you communicating quickly rather than becoming fluent in all areas of the language. The jury is still out and I need more time with both.
Time is running out and I still have many things to do before I leave. I have not been focused as our neighbor passed away last night. It reminds me how precious time is with one’s family and friends and that one needs to not put things off for another day. So, after his service I will persevere and continue with my trip and my passion to learn French in his memory. I will also light candles in the churches I visit while in Paris next week for his family. Repose en paix Robert. Tu vas me manquer!