ORIGINAL POST ON INSTAGRAM, link below. “I want to share a bit of transparency with all of you today. I have been “trolled” a bit as of late by someone who feels that I should be better at my French accent. 😬I make mistakes, no doubt about it. And I have tried to be super clear that A. I am not a professional tour guide and B. I am still learning.
You see, this group and what I am doing here is not about being perfect. That’s simply not possible. What I DO try to do is improve every day. I have been looking up specific names or locations that I feel are difficult for me to say. I listen to the correct or native pronunciation on YouTube. But, sometimes, all of your best-laid plans still fail. I get too excited about what I am sharing with you while recording the video! 🤩 Or perhaps I am a bit distracted about my surroundings AND making sure my accent is correct. Or, I just plain forget. 🤪 This will happen to you too.
And you know what? THAT. IS. OKAY. I am not French. And I do not pretend to be. What I want you to know is that you can come to France and be imperfect. You can come to visit and be a beginner and barely say “please” and “thank you” (s’il vous plaît et merci). That was me once. You can move here and not know much more than “advanced restaurant French” (as I once called my language level! LOL). That was me too.
Please, please, please never feel that language barriers and challenges should hold you back from the most amazing experiences in life. 🥰There are hacks, and there are workarounds, and there are people to help. You, my friend, are a part of this KIND and giving, generous and caring community. I am SO grateful you are here. And my number one goal is to share that **whatever** you want to do in France, a great trip, or perhaps a lifetime abroad, you can absolutely achieve that dream and so much more.
You got this.
P.S. I am sharing a video of my old flat, the apartment I just moved out of, in today’s story. ☝️☝️
Bisous and big hugs 🤗 from France,
🇫🇷 France 🇫🇷, forever.
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