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Top 10 Reasons Why I Can’t Speak French

I can’t speak French. I live in France and can barely put together a sentence in French. It’s getting to be embarrassing.  

I have Rosetta Stone and another online language program on my computer. I work on them occasionally. A couple of weeks ago, I signed up for a beginner’s class through a Uzès expats group. Friday was the first day of class. When I arrived for the lesson, it had been postponed. So, you see, some of it isn’t my fault.

If I write down all my excuses for not learning French, I’ll shame myself into trying harder.

Here’s the countdown:


It’s the weekend


I’ll do it tomorrow.


I’m too old


I have a headache


I don’t get it


I need a drink


I get along fine


I watch French movies


Where’d the day go?


 “Don’t even try it!” says Joel, the owner of Le Bistrot in Uzes.

I sampled a few French phrases from him, and he said, “No! Stop!”

Apparently, I’m abusing the language. He says I can quote him.

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Joel at Le Bistrot in Uzes


Le Bistrot in Uzès


Perhaps, the solution is to begin writing blog posts in French. Capturing moments in my French life for posterity is where I want to spend my time. Why not write about these moments in French?

Picture this: me penning a post in French,  trying to navigate grammar and vocabulary without Google Translate. The thought makes my hair stand on end. It would be like diving headfirst into a pool, not knowing how to swim. It would be a comedy of errors.

But hey, laughter is the best medicine, right? Let’s see where this idea takes me. À la prochaine!can't speak french

Day trip from Uzes to the Cevennes

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