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