Going to France/Career Suggestions?
Bonjour tout le monde!
Je vais en France en Mars!! This will be my first time every out of the country, and I will be staying with a host family in Brittany for 2 weeks. I hosted a student from the same family this year so I already know him well. Any suggestions to get the most French language out of my trip? I really want to enter a career with French after high school (I'm still in high school) so I want to learn as much as I can in the two weeks. (Also any career suggestions w/ french? I don't want to take the teaching route, I'm looking at more of the governmental route)
Merci pour vos recommandations!
In Montreal many positions require the candidate to be fluent in both English and French. Having French can be a great asset in any organization. The only thing you need to be careful is the Quebecois accent.
ummm, good question.
Especially in France, you will find lots of "Coffee and Chat" meet ups. Especially from my experiences in deepest darkest rural France.
Also - check out https://events.duolingo.com/ And see if you can catch any of them.
I will also ponder on this, and see if I can come up with any other suggestions.
Perhaps can you elaborate on what sort of previous work experience you may have had - in a general way. Please do not be specific in detail, for security reasons.
Also perhaps mention a general region in France that you may be going to. Yet again, I recommend not being too specific for the sake of internet safety.
ooops - you already mentioned that ... being Brittany ! DOH!
See if this interests you - https://languagecareers.un.org/dgacm/Langs.nsf/page.xsp?key=Careers-Translators
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I love Brittany! I lived there with a host family for a month this summer. I learned the most French just talking with my host parents. We laughed, we joked, we talked about serious things, we tried to figure out words without any translator.
Don't speak English with your family, as much as possible. Ask them questions. Participate in family dinner conversations. They will help you happily, and help you build confidence to speak with other people.
I was with a program that had a schoolwork aspect. Every minute I spent doing homework was a minute I felt like I was wasting. You can work on your reading and writing in an English speaking country.
Don't be afraid of mistakes. Laugh along with them when they laugh at your mistakes.
Finally a culture tip - especially true if you're female. Don't smile at strangers on the street. If it's your neighbor, do say hello (bonjour or bonsoir). In the US, we tend to flash a quick grin when we pass by someone on a less busy street. This could bring unwanted attention. There's no need to be a afraid, but it doesn't hurt to be cautious.
I'm a male so I don't have to worry about that, I but I understand the concern with that haha. I'm very excited to interact with them. If worse comes to worse my "partner student" is very fluent in english so he should be able to assist, but for the most part I will try to speak in french. Thank you so much for your kind words and help!
Hi! So i've been an au pair before, and this is a great route if you want to become familiar with conversational french, and you can even take a french course there if you want. You could potentially stay for up to 3 months without a visa if you're american and lots of french families are always looking for an au pair since they want their children to start learning english when their younger. So if you like working with kids this could be a good start, but i would recommend doing a bit of research before hand if you're truly interested. Of course if you have any other questions about it feel free to ask me :)
Thank you so much, being an au pair sounds like a lot of fun! Maybe when I study abroad one day I can try it out! Thank you so much :)!!!!