Jennifer Seeley

    Contrasting two experiences

    Where, when and how did you start learning a second language?

    German, at school, aged 11, through taught sessions

    French, on line, aged much older…, through activities like listening, speed checks, pronunciation checks

    What did you find difficult about learning a second language? How did you try to overcome those difficulties?

    German : not at all motivated, success seemed to bring more work, couldn’t see the practical application and didn’t make much effort to overcome these difficulties

    French: being able to give enough time to the task: overcoming by making sure it is the first thing I do each day

    Did you learn the language successfully? Why/ why not?

    German: up to a point, able to hold a short conversation, worked as an aupair in Austria

    French: work in progress… am better able to converse in a cafe