Yesterday was my first officially official first day of French high school (Lycée). My day started at 7:30 in the morning when I left the house to walk to school and ended when I returned at 6pm. French school is intense.
My first class was biology, and luckily even though I understood nothing of what was being said I was able to do the homework because I did the same thing last year and a lot of French words were resembling the English ones (score!) It was a great start, yet my hopes that the whole day would be that simple were pretty much dashed right away. The next class I had was Spanish... in Spanish... where everyone only spoke Spanish. I have a bit of a background learning French so I can somewhat get by with that language, yet I had no hope of understanding at all what was going on in my Spanish class. The teacher asked me a question to which I couldn't reply and instead sat staring looking dumbfounded at her, so she then changed her question to French and she talked so fast that I still didn't understand, until finally out of pity one of the other kids in the class explained my first language was English and I was from Canada and I had no whisper of a clue what was going on. You could see the lightbulb go on in her head as she understood and her look of confused frustration changed to one of pity as she then proceeded to tell me I didn't have to participate. After class the other kids told me they'd been taking Spanish for 5 or 6 years... which explained a lot. The rest of my classes were a lot the same, I understood tiny bits here and there or recognized work we were doing but aside from that I spent most of the day feeling lost, tired, and determined that I needed to be fluent in French as fast as humanly possible if I was going to survive. I was so glad that I'd made some really nice friends who were understanding and volunteered to help show me around and get me adjusted.
|Rika and I before we walked to school (Thursday was the official first orientation for about two hours and Marie Jose walked both of us there to get us settled.)|