Student Spotlight: Colleen Learns French in Denver

At our language school in Denver, we offer a variety of language classes in different levels and formats to ensure that all our students meet their specific learning goals. All of our students have different reasons for coming to Bridge to learn a language – some for business, some personal reasons, or some to travel the world!

Even if your schedule is crazy busy, taking the time to learn a language is a worthwhile experience. One of our students, Colleen, sees this value, and is taking French classes at Bridge two evenings a week. Colleen is in our semi-intensive, beginner-level program, in preparation for an exciting trip abroad! We asked her a few questions about her experience and goals.

What made you decide to study French?

I have always thought French sounded amazing. It is very romantic and expressive in a way that English hasn’t been able to capture. I studied French all through high school and have been to France and Belgium and adored listening to people speaking, though I didn’t always understand what they were saying. I took a break from French to study Spanish, since it had a practical application to my life in Denver, but I am going back to Belgium and thought it was a great time to jump back into studying French.

What was your level when you started and when you finished?

Although I remembered some verbs and vocabulary, it had been over a decade since I studied so I went back to the beginning. I was in A1 (beginner level) and am now at A2 (elementary-level, or high beginner).

Can you describe your class for us?

There were two students in our class. It met twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. It was nice to have a small class since it allowed more attention to be spent on us individually without feeling like we were losing time.

What is your favorite activity in class?

I really enjoyed the listening portion. It is crucial to be able to understand a variety of accents, given that we will need to apply that in even basic interactions in French. Bringing in cultural aspects also helped since it gives me an idea of how French-speaking cultures are, and how I can fit in better when I travel.

What is your biggest challenge in French class?

The biggest challenge is speaking, especially having to produce answers in conversation. It is easy to be self-conscious and come up with responses that are natural and correct. Since first you have to translate your thoughts and self-correct, it is really easy to fall back on very basic responses and not increase vocabulary and phrases. I tried to do so when possible but at a beginning level, it is still really difficult.

 

Would you like to study a foreign language with us here in Denver, like Colleen? Explore language classes or request more information here!

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