Going to France...
I'm going to France in June, and I am only on level seven. Do you think I'll survive?
I went to France when I was younger, my family all moved to France for my sister and me to study French for a year, and none of us really knew how to speak French. My sister and I probably knew just the basics like greetings and other common phrases, and let me tell you, my parents knew no French and we survived. Knowing the basic and common phrases are recommended and if you ever get stuck on some words, the people there know basic English. You will definitely survive!
No! They will chew you up and spit you out!
No worries. It demonstrates a certain amount of respect for the country when you try to speak their language, even if you aren't good. I've made attempts at speaking Indonesian in Indonesia and I speak Spanish quite well and I use it in Mexico. Any amount is appreciated. I would recommend also getting a translator app on your phone that you can speak into, just in case. While they don't always translate spot-on, they are usually close enough. Bonne chance!
Yes. I went a few years ago with only 2 years of H.S. French under my belt (and that, er, "decades" previous) and was fine - at least, in Paris.
Make an effort, be nice, and you'll be fine. (Tip #1: When entering a store, always greet the person behind the counter with "Bonjour monsieur" or "Bonjour madame"!)
Just keep at it, June is still a while away. I've been working on French with Pimsler from the library as well as here (just started here) and I leave for Morocco in May. I'm sure we'll both be fine. :)
Good point - if you do a skill a week (not an overly huge burden), you'll be significantly down the tree by the time you go in June.
Also, try to find a flashcard app - Duolingo is good for some things, but I learn well with flashcards and Duolingo is not great for that.
I'm using "CleverDeck", which is OK - you have to pay more than you should to expand your pack, but it actually functions like a flashcard deck (including easy swiping left, up, or right to indicate "do again this session", "I need more practice on this one" (app circulates it more often) and "I've got this one" (show it less often). It also doesn't push you as much as it should; sometimes you open the app and it says "nothing to learn right now", but you can manually start a deck.
Some people on here talk about Memrise, but I've not looked into it.
If you try to speak French, they will appreciate the courtesy. If you ask them to help you learn it better, they will be happy to.
Don't worry you'll be eating snails within the first day (It's actually good).
Actually, I'm vegetarian, so I won't eat snails. Maybe a croissant, though.
Vegetarians can eat eggs and drink milk. Vegans don't eat any animal produce.