Le Premier Mois
Bonjour nos amis! Nous avons complété un mois de apprendre le français. Merci beaucoup pour nos prières et assistance. Les études sont difficiles, mais nous continuons avec l'aide de Dieu et vous.
Hello friends! We have completed one month of learning French. Thank you very much for your prayers and support. The studies are difficult, but we continue with help from God and you all.
It is hard to believe we have already been here a month. We have settled into a rhythm of life and take a few steps each day in learning to communicate in French. We are in school all day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday attending lectures, discussion groups, and working in the language lab. We have daily homework and study in the evening. Wednesday and the weekend are days to catch up and to get out into the community to interact and practice speaking in French. While it’s difficult and we likely sound like toddlers to the people around us, we know this is the only way to get better at the language.
Last week I (Jeff) successfully communicated enough to get a haircut at the "salon de coiffure" down the street. I was a bit worried going into the salon. You see, the phrase for haircut is “coupe de cheveux” while the word for horses is “chevaux”. Their pronunciation is slightly different. My fear was that I would ask for a “horses cut” rather than a haircut. She didn’t laugh at me so I gather it was pronounced correctly. In the future, we will certainly have some language “faux pas” (hey, that’s French!) to share. Stay tuned!
The apostle Paul told the Philippians towards the end of his letter, “Stand firm in the Lord” (Phi 4:1). As we move forward in learning this difficult language and adapting to the French culture, our prayer is to “stand firm in the Lord” each day.