I have found a French Teacher, not what you think I have a free person that is teaching me French, she does not even know she is my teacher. Today, I start my first lesson. I figure at best, I can learn about 20 words per day; I already have a good vocabulary; however, I cannot pronounce word a hoot. I need a teacher to guide me through the mess pronunciation of French.
I will take 20 words, write them down. Say them to her, she will say them back, I will then write them in English, not the way anyone else could understand, however the way I think and hear it, it is a great system for me.
The Rough Guide French Dictionary Phrasebook call it - …written in a system of imitated pronunciation.-
I call it more or less writing it as I think it, works for me; however very time consuming for 20 words. I gauge I need a 500 word vocabulary to say I am conversant in a language, and about 2000 to really get around. Then after that a few years of speaking to understand jokes and watch TV.
That is 25 days to learn 500 words, I think I have no choice in Africa it is a shoe in, I will learn French, I have not choice. I am in the best immersion French Language program on the planet, I cannot find people that speak English, they all are hanging out in the 5 Star Hotel or not with me, and that is great. I came to Africa to introduce myself to Africa, not to introduce myself to people that speak English.
I really screwed up not having some language disk copied on my computer so I could listen to French girls say words.