Going Back To School

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  1. brodie

    brodie Funster

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    I am off back to school a week on Thursday. This will be my new hobby, evening classes to learn French.

    I am looking forward to it but a bit nervous as well. I left school at 16 and went straight out to work. When I was 18 I did an evening class to study Marketing but that is all really in terms of further eductation much prefering real life :Rofl1: (i'm 33 now).

    I did Spanish at school and was ok at that and when we go away I try and ask for things in French as much as I can just what I have picked up from hubby and the phrase book. He is dead jealous but he has to be at home to sort the kids....shame, so I am going with a girlfriend :Laughing:.

    It's a 38 week course so hopefully I will be able to keep up what with my mummy brain and all!
     
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  2. GJH

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    Good luck and don't be too nervous. Jill went back to college for a one year IT course (hardware and software) after our younger son started secondary school (so a bit older than 33).

    She ended up as student of the year and won 25 quid :Smile:
     
  3. brodie

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    Thanks!

    It may awaken the cells that have been having a rest for the last 8 years, I will of course need several residentials to practice what I have learned :Rofl1:.
     
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    I actually started in Education aged 30 having left school at a very young age. I have 2 A levels, A diploma, A degree 2-1 all achieved since then as well as many other specialised degree modules.

    Throughout my learning I never stopped thinking some one was going to pop in and drag me out telling me there had been a mistake and I wasn't clever enough to be in the class. I could barely write properly when I started my journey and the other thing I was worried about was my age. Yet when I started I was amazed to be often one of the youngest, with many being older than even the codgers on here. :Wink:

    Go for it, stick with it, ad good luck to you.:thumb:
     
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  5. GeraldandAnnie

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    Very good luck to you, Brodie.

    What sort of French course is it? When I was much, much younger, and an apprentice, I was chosen to participate in an exchange program with a German company. I was sent to night school, one night a week, to learn "Conversational German". It was a great course, concentrating on vocabulary and sentence construction, rather than grammar. That was a one (academic) year course, and taught me enough to be able, in later life, train factory shop floor workers on the operation of the hi-tech machine tools we made, in German.

    I've often thought about doing something to improve my schoolboy French, but I've never found anything suitable locally.

    Gerald
     
  6. brodie

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    Thanks Haganap & Gerald for the best wishes.

    It is at a fairly local Comprehensive and is run by their language department.

    I am not quite sure how it will be delivered whether it will be just conversational or a mixture with written work too my friend asked me if I would like to join her as she was thinking of enrolling.

    I don't mind to be honest, it is a long long dream of mine to be fluent in another language so this is the start of a good thing I hope :thumb:.

    I'm getting to the point of being boderline crazy staying at home with the kids :Rofl1:
     
  7. Ralph-n-Bev

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    Good luck with the French Brodie. It will be a blast , especially if your going with a pal .

    I really know what you mean about going stir crazy with baby brain though .
    Been there done that :Rofl1:
    Going from being an area manager for 14 shops to having 3 kids under the age of 2 at the age of 33 , all at once
    :shout::Eek!::Eeek::cry-smile::Confused::wooo:

    When our kids got a bit older , twins 7 and eldest 9 , I did some training and started being an Appropriate Adult for the local youth offending team , just 1 day a week as a volunteer .
    It very rarely encroached on out of school hours .
    I had never done anything like it before , and loved it. Something to really get my teeth into. Really made you see life , and your own children , in a different way.
    I did it for 6 years , until starting part time work last November.
     
  8. brodie

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    Thanks Bev

    I was just thinking about you just 10 mins ago how spooky is that!

    I've got another 18 months or so before youngest starts full time school but only about 9 months or so untill he starts nursery 5 mornings a week so may get a bit of me back then and a hot cuppa :Rofl1: and may start looking into other courses/options :thumb:
     
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  9. Chris

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    I was hopeless at French at school but find as I get older and visit more I have picked up quite a bit.

    I think all those verbs took the fun out of it and I would have responded better to conversational teaching.

    Good luck with it:thumb:
     
  10. Hollyberry

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    Good on you!

    I also left school with nothing (not even a swimming certificate) and after having 2 children before my 20th birthday (married at 17--gulp!) I had to go back to school at 23. 6 years later I had a degree--no-one was more surprised than me!

    Don't be nervous--at a college everyone wants to be there--and college teachers (I was one) LOVE mature students. They really balance a class and are a great influence on younger students.

    Bonne chance!!

    P.S If you want to listen to good conversational French in small chunks try Coffee Break French http://radiolingua.com/shows/french/coffee-break-french/
    Free downloads.
     
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  11. rangitira

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    Stick with it Brodie, you'll find it well worthwhile. We did three years of French at night school, and soon picked it up. It wasn't conversational French, that takes a lot longer, but we can make ourselves understood, and pick up a few words here and there in the rapid fire way the French speak.
    AND it is appreciated by the French, if you try to communicate in their own language. Good on yer!:thumb:
     
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    Good luck with the lessons :coolthumb:

    I have trouble remembering which day it is now:Doh::RollEyes:
     
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