Alliance Francaise de Manille
Somewhere in this blog, I wrote about my husband’s fondness for a perky French song, which he tries to sing aloud to fill dull moments. I swear, he has murdered this particular song a million times over! And so, in an effort to redeem himself, he thought of enrolling both of us at Alliance Francais de Manille to learn how to speak French. Yup, you read it right…”both” of us. He said that his efforts will be useless if he has no one to speak French with, and that I am the most logical person to practice with. How convenient. Tsk, tsk, tsk. Funny thing is, I think I am bitten by this French bug…and I found myself enrolling and attending French classes with my hubby…and I have to admit, I enjoy this whole thing to the hilt!
Every Saturday mornings, we are transported to an entirely different world. I have to give it to Alliance, they truly know how to immerse you in everything French. Imagine, on our first day of class, even if we cannot understand a single French word, our teacher gave instructions in French! He augments his words with actions so we’ll understand him, and well…it works! We do get to comprehend what he is saying and at the same time develop a familiarity with certain French words. I find it awesome that my brain gets to automatically associate the English counterpart of certain French words and I get to experience that “aha!” moment several times over. At the end of the first session, we are able to understand simple sentences and I left the room feeling hopeful about my dreams of being a Parisian. Ooh lala!
For those who want to learn a third language, I vote for French. Not only because I find that this language has a distinct class of its own, but because of the presence of a reputable school like Alliance Francais de Manille that offers professional language courses. Given the facilities and resource materials available to us students, I dare say that they take the business of teaching French rather seriously. Our teacher, Mr. Julius Narvaez, was even sent to France to learn the best methodologies in teaching French. And whatever it is that he learned in France, I vouch that it really does work. :)
And so, even if I haven’t even taken the 22 French modules available at Alliance, I dare say this: “Je parle Tagalog, Anglais, et un peu Francais.”
And for the record, for the first time in my life, I haven’t been sleeping and doodling in class…and it’s a 3-hour class at that! It’s either I’ve matured or Sir Julius is really an excellent teacher. My hubby says that the Julius-factor wins hands down. Such a meanie! Hihihi!
Comment from monette
Time: May 19, 2009, 9:55 pm
Hi Krissy…you’re lucky to have Julius as a teacher! I had him for my foundation class and I swear, he gave me solid knowledge on the basics of the French language. What I learned from Julius helped me build up on my French and I certainly regret not coaxing him to give me and my husband private tutorial lessons! Oh, about the sexiness…you’re right on! Hahaha! I guess a big part of it comes from his fluency of this chic language called French. :)