Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ethan sings in French! SO Proud of him!

Quand Dieu est là, je n'ai pas peur quand il est prèt de moi .
Je n'ai pas peur quand Il est en haut,
quand haut, Il est en bas,
quand bas, Il est à gauche,
À gauche, Il est à droit.
Je n'ai pas peur quand Dieu est là.

Here's what it is in English:

When God is here, I have no fear when He is close to me.
I have no fear when He's up high,
when He's down low,
when He's to the left and
when He's to the right. I have no fear when He is here. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Progress! I love it!! good day!

Sometimes language learning makes me feel like I'm a fish out of water somewhere floundering on the shore.

Other days I am completely floored at how much I can understand and express! Today is one of these days.

We recently went to our Bible study group here and we've been going through some "get-to-know-each other" type questions. I was amazed that I was able to describe where I've been and where I'd like to go and why. I also was able to describe my birth order (2nd kid of 4 - 1st girl) and a bit of what my family is like. Wahoo! I was so stoked that they understood me. :)

Do you realize that..
When we first got off the plane in France
I did not know how to ask: 
"Where is the bathroom"!?!

And now... Voila!! I can say that and a whole bunch more!

I took a test in school last month or so that they usually give students at the end of their studies to see how much French they know. It's called the TCF here. Kinda like we have the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) back in the States. Well, I didn't do too shabby. I tested at a level 3 of 5. I was never so stoked to see a percentage in the 40's in my life! It sounds like a low score, but I did well for taking the test that they give to level 5 students. I was so relieved to realize that some of this language is soaking in as I am here in France  - swimming in French. Immersion really is the best way.

There's a HUGE difference between the French I could learn in a class in the States and the amount of French I can learn here in France. 

I am so blessed to be given this opportunity to be right where I need to be to learn what I need to learn for the next step in my life! Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my family through praying and giving to make this a reality. You have no idea how much of an impact this time here is making on my life. God is using this time for language learning to teach me some other things along the way in addition to learning language. What a gift!
Thank you.

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