Je Vais Aller En France

I studied French for 6 yrs in school. It was always one of my favorite classes. I had great teachers. Mr. Pergolozzi, a very animated “Renaissance Man” as my mother always described him, was by far the best. He was an actor, and public speaker, et par conséquent a brilliant teacher. He captured your attention with even the most boring leçons de vocabulaire. He would ask you the meaning of a french word and while asking, toss a ball at you, to distract you. It was brilliant.

I grew rather fond of French, and developed the goal of being fluent one day. I had a french speaking friend in school avec qui je parlai beacoup de français. That helped further my skills and my desire to really learn french.After my trip to St. Martin, I was reminded of my forgotten dream of french fluency. Currently it’s alive and well. I am studying French everyday. I have CD’s in the car, on the Ipod, french films from Netflix, I read French blogs, and watch the French News daily. I bought some grammar books, a french-english dictionary, and a dual language book. There is also a very good free resource at About.com for learning French which I frequent as well. I have been translating Trust lyrics, and downloading new french music, and I even found a french station on Sirius Radio.

I’m planning to sail to France. Not sure when yet, but I’d guess within the next 18 months. I’ve been thinking about doing the Canals. I’ll have to re-watch Ed and Ellen Zacko’s trip through the French Canals on their Nor’sea again. Perhaps I’ll follow in their wake.

Bon Année!

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  1. “He would ask you the meaning of a french word and while asking, toss his balls at you. I loved it.”

  2. “After my trip to St. Martin, I was reminded of my forgotten dream of french cars. I don’t have one, so I broke my VW.”

  3. “I’m planning to sail to France. Not sure when yet, but I’d guess within the next 18 months I’ll change that to a solid ‘dunnos'”

  4. “That helped further my skills and my desire to really really think maybe dunnos but maybe… french….maybe.”

  5. Salut, mon nom est Tina. Puis-je naviguer à la France avec vous?

  6. How you doing out there with the storm? Hope all is well.

    By the way, at sea with the Aft Cabin Nor Sea where do you sleep? It looks like the aft cabin could have good seaberths that extend under the cockpit or do you sleep on the settee in the salon? Nor Seas seem like great boats but that questions always puzzled me vs the aft cockpit model that has the quarter berths in the main cabin.


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