“This past June, I went to Québec with my family. At first I was a little shy and I stuck to English,but after a message of encouragement from my Alliance teacher, I started every greeting with “Hello, bonjour” (or vice versa) and asked my questions in French.
At the train station in Ottawa, I spoke to the clerk bilingually. She commented that my pronunciation was good, and later I spoke to our Uber driver in Quebec City bilingually as well.
My proudest moment was when we went to a restaurant called Chez Victor, and I spoke French to the hostess and asked for our table in French. When it was time for menus she gave my husband and son English menus and said my French was good enough to get the French menu.
The following morning I ordered coffee to go at a cafe. One barista spoke a little English. Anyway placing an order in Starbucks or any coffee shop was a small challenge, with the different measuring systems, but I felt I’ve progressed little by little during the trip.
My husband said that he thought I was doing pretty well communicating with folks and asked my son why he wasn’t speaking French beyond “merci,” although he has had French class 2-3 times per week (1.5 hrs each) at his school from August to May!
Overall I had a great time and enjoyed having this opportunity to speak French every day.”
(Please note: Cassandra had just finished Level 103 when she went on her trip.)