In preparation for classes we picked a few books from the library with basic French words and not only does Eva totally love them (they are all she wants to read these past few weeks) but I was blown away by her pronunciation! I took French myself for 2 years in high school and actually took lessons at Alliance Française for awhile. So, even though I can't remember how to hold a conversation for the life of me (which was made painfully obvious as I sat and listened to the other moms and dads hold 60+ minute conversations all completely in French) my accent is still pretty spot on.
We go through the books, Eva points to an object, I say it while she watches my mouth and then she repeats it back. I even called Baba and had Eva say some words over the phone to confirm that I was not just being crazy mama, that Eva does in fact have very good pronunciation. But that's really the whole point of starting lessons so young. The earlier a child begins to learn a second language, the greater their chance of true fluency later in life. She was a bit shy during the first part of the class but she warmed up and I could hear her laughing and singing down the stairs by the end of the hour. Fingers crossed she enjoys French lessons as much as swimming and gymnastics!
|It's one of the coolest building fronts in all of downtown|
|I had to add thing photo because 1) Fancy Nancy says "oh la la" and we love anything Fancy Nancy|
and 2) Eva got to eat a real French breakfast, which is really just bread and cheese, on her first day of class- very nice