June 30, 2017. It’s only been 33 years…

My name is Suz and I’m addicted to France!

It’s only been 33 years.  I’ve been trying to learn French for 33 years.  Yeah…I got nothing.

Thirty-three years is a long time.  And what do I have to show for it.  I have 15 words.  Yep – just 15 words, give or take a few.

My mission is to finally learn French.  In the days, weeks, and months to come, I will share my journey with you…while I run.

Yep, I’m going to teach myself French while I run.

To further complicate the matter, I am married to a man who is half French.  His Mother, my mother in law (ma belle-mère) lives in France.  It’s been an interesting 33 years.  I’ll share some of these “interesting” stories as well.

Watch for my updates and please share with me your thoughts and any language learning techniques you’ve found to work for you.











Author: suzlearnsfrench

My name is Suz and I'm addicted to France and all things French. I can't speak French, but I'm working on it. I've been working on it for 33 years. I'm married to a man who is half French and our running joke is "my next husband will be full French." However, I'm never giving this one up.

32 thoughts on “June 30, 2017. It’s only been 33 years…”

    1. Thank you! It’s just so hard. I’m listening to YouTube videos right now and practicing l’alphabet.
      But I do have tons of fun.

      Wow on the woodworking – great job. It’s amazing what we can do when we out our mind to work.


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  1. I started learning French a few years ago. I started with the app Duolingo then a podcast called Coffee Break French before graduating to another podcast Français Authentique. All of that combined with a few months in Lausanne allowed me to get to a decent conversational level I think. Unfortunately, I haven’t had to use French in a while so I fear I’ve probably regressed. But I hope you keep at it. It’s a pretty amazing feeling to be able to speak to someone else and understand them.

    Oh for me personally it helped when I had accompanying text of what was being said in the podcast. Good luck!

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    1. Hi, I too started (or restarted for the 100th time) with duolingo and Coffee Break French (by far the best podcast language ap). I’ll look into the other one you mentioned. Thanks for commenting! Bonne journée !


    1. Thank You!!!! I’m training for a 50 mile race in November – so i have hours and hours of French podcasts downloaded. I’m determined to learn French once and for all… Not sure the level – but I’ll improve.

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  2. Never too late to start learning a language! I loved French at school but unfortunately have forgotten a lot of it 😦 Can’t wait to read more about your ventures in France x

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  3. I think research shows that learning another language is one of the best things you can do for your mental ‘agility’. How fun that you’re doing something for your mind and your body. Thanks for your interest in my blog.

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    1. Hoping so. I’ve had a great resource right at my fingertips all theses years (my mother in law). But time and of course distance have gotten in the way.

      I’m trusting those who’ve said “it’s never too late.”

      I’m getting the grandkids on board – and although it frustrates them – they are understanding my simple sentences (tu manges).

      Thanks for stopping by.


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  4. I don’t think I had three words of French when I packed up, sold up, and moved to the south of France. It is just myself and two felines, Colette and Simone. They can’t abide my writing so they have a blog of their own. 🙂 C’est la vie. For me, one of the biggest issues is my introversion. I’ve never been a talker until I have to… I just keep plugging away at it. You will get there.

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    1. Hello – love the perennial beginner – that’s the perfect way to describe it. Thanks for stopping by and reading. I enjoyed looking through your blog and will be back – love the concept of – Still a Runner!!!!!

      Wishing you many more runs!!!



  5. Don’t feel badly about your lack of French.
    I grew up in a predominantly French community. I went to a bilingual school and studied French for 13 years, then eventually married a French-Canadian. His family doesn’t speak any English.
    Yet my French is still abysmal. I too keep telling myself ‘someday’., but I’m beginning to resign myself to the prospect that some people – like me – just don’t have a knack for languages.

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    1. I just don’t have it either – some people must just have an ear for it, like music.

      Well you prob have had some of the same experiences as I have with the in laws. It’s all fun!

      I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to touch another culture.




  6. Suz; désolée – you wanted to sub to my ‘private site’. Sadly I haven’t got a blog, I’m just quite active commenting on the few I follow. I still have a flickr (photo) account. You can visit me there: https://www.flickr.com/photos/vol-au-vent/
    I haven’t uploaded any photos for a long time as my eye-sight is pretty bad and I get quickly very tired when I’m at my computer. On the other hand, I’m not to be complained about, I know that I have a very good life, so don’t shed any tears for me!

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  7. Hi Suz, my name is Bertrand, I am a French teacher and I live in Spain in Palma de Mallorca. Good luck with your French, I am sure that if you’ve been trying to learn French for more than 30 years, your skills are more than excellent 🙂 I have got the same problem with English: I have been learning English since I am a boy but I know I should speak muuuuuch better ! I am looking forward to reading your articles. À bientôt 🙂

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  8. Thank you for stopping at my blog. You will surely be able to speak French one day. It is the most beautiful language on the planet earth. I am lucky to have been born with both French and English at the same time. Living the French lifestyle is all I am so happy about. Good Luck with everything!

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