Dabbling in a foreign tongue

So I decided a while ago to try reading a book in french, as I’m planning on studying french for A level and then hopefully afterwards at university. Needless to say, it’s not easy. So I bought a novel during a trip to Paris (les misérables – an abridged version – I’ve read part one of the english full version) but never actually started to read it. Then I saw the other day a book, although a children’s book, that I had heard was one of those stories that anyone can read and enjoy. However this version was in English so I went onto ibooks and bought the french version and it’s actually pretty good! I’ve read two chapters and I think (think!) I know what is going on! I’m also teaching myself spanish. After going out and purchasing various textbooks and CDs etc I sat down to learn my first phrases. It’s official. I can now say “my name is” and ask somebody their name too. That’s going to be useful. I can’t ask where the nearest hospital is, or order a glass of water, but I can tell someone my name. I’m just hoping that there will be something slightly more practical further through the book as I continue the course. I hope so anyway.

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