Guest Post By: Claire Taylor
I’ll be taking a Parisian holiday in October, along with my sister and niece. I’ve never been to France before. In fact I’ve never been outside of the continental United States so I’m worried I’ll feel like a fish out of water and come across as gauche.
So I decided to do something about it and am taking Lifelong Learning’s French for Travelers with instructor Catherine Hageman. Catherine Hageman is going to be my saving grace.
I’m learning useful phrases to help acclimate me to France. For example, I am learning how to take care of my anticipated hotel needs—je voudrais une chambre pour trois personnes, s’il vous plait. I also know how to ask for directions, make purchases, and give salutations. So, at this point, je parle un peu de francias (I speak a little French).
Perhaps the most useful thing has been advice regarding French culture and social expectations. Catherine grew up in France and has visited many times as an adult so she knows what’s considered polite (or impolite!), and the best ways to get around. My classmates have also shared useful information and recommendations, as many have visited France before. Together, we’re an assemblage of folks with varied French experience who all endeavor to up our French game. Catherine has been a great guide for this effort and I’m looking forward to continuing my journey.
If you would like to register for this class follow this link: https://continue.utah.edu/lifelong/class/lllan_353_french_for_travelers