France for Interreg

*written on Saturday on the train from Amiens to Paris*

The past couple of days I have been in Amiens in France for an Interreg project for THEATRE IS… and the GatewayLearning Community.

I will leave the explanation of the project to those websites, which will be updated soon, but I just wanted to share how excited I am to be involved in project that is working on both sides of the channel. Like many English people I did my French (and German) GCSE and then not really done anything with it.

When I was doing the recent Totally Tilbury project we had a couple of French musicians from this project come over and take part and it made me remember how much I had enjoyed languages. So, I decided to start on an online course. After I had been doing that for a few weeks I was asked if I would like to be involved in this project, of course I jumped at the chance.

Now, I am highly motivatd to continue with my French studies, and so when I was in Amiens and saw a comic book shop I decided to go in and get myself some graphic novels in French. So now I am the proud owner of two Dr Who graphic novels! This will really help me as I try to improve my reading.

I had the chance to go to the Comedie de Picardy and watch The Death of a Salesman in French, which was a great challenge. I read the play just before I left and so I was just about able to keep up and understand what was happening at the time. The French clap together, rather than a general applause, like we do. I was confused at first, thinking that people didn’t like it, but when the actors to four curtain calls, I realised that they really did!

I have greatly enjoyed spending time by myself in a foreign city, trying to get by with my limited French, wandering around and paying great attention, trying to understand the signs in the window from context. Amiens is a very pretty town and I have spent this morning there, including buying myself a few very dark handmade chicolates, and now I am en route to Paris for a couple of hours before I head home on the Eurostar.

I plan to have a nice glass of wine over a very relaxed lunch, do some window shopping and people watching while in Paris!

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