It turns out my fear was justifiable. I’ve spoken almost entirely in English so far (I got here yesterday). It’s a nightmare. I need to avoid it, but can’t. Maybe after orientation and all that I’ll be able to settle in properly and actually speak French as much as I’d like to.
So far, it’s been nowhere near enough – an occasional question or encounter with university staff or shop assistants, but basically nothing else. Which has made me realise that my French is terrible now. I can barely ask basic things, and attempting to hold a conversation just fries my brain. I keep speaking Spanish by accident (things like ‘bueno’ and ‘gracías’, mainly, as well as normally saying ‘y’ instead of ‘et’). I hope that doesn’t last.
I don’t want to forget my Spanish or the tiny bit of an Argentinian accent I may have picked up when saying certain phrases, but I don’t want to keep letting Spanish get in the way of learning French. Quel cauchmar.
My pronunciation is terrible too. I just don’t remember how you’re supposed to pronounce things in French – vowels, the letters ‘c’ and ‘j’, and even where to put the emphasis in a word.
Basic vocabulary too, grammar – you name it, I’ve probably forgotten it.
Everything is really expensive as well. So that’s awful.
On a happier note, it’s quite sunny.