Alone in Paris

Paris. When I think of Paris, I always associate it with dreams, love and romance. I never thought being alone in this romantic city can be as fun as I’ve imagined.

It is by chance that I have to travel alone in Paris. I need to go to the British embassy so this leaves me wandering alone in the “The City of Love”, but its most famous is “La Ville-Lumière” City of Lights. Though it is not my first time in Paris but still the thought that it is a big city and I speak only very little french makes me panic just a little. As soon as I finished with my appointment in the British Embassy I started my journey exploring the whole day alone in the city of love. I started asking in the tube station before I boarded the tube and the man in charge gave me a map of the whole Paris. He was very kind that he explained to me where I should go and where I should ride. I didn’t got most of his instructions but I’m off for the day’s challenge. Below is a photo of the whole Paris map with signs and symbols where to go and what tube to ride. And you can buy a whole day ticket tube ride where you have access to all rides. I guess it only costs 6€ for the whole day ride.
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Mes français (my french)

D’accord! As promised that I will write my next blog in French. I am undecided as to what topic I will discuss. Here’s my try speaking all about the things I love in my 4 months stay in France.Oopps. I’m proud to say that I did not use google translate here so forgive my french grammar. Are you ready? Here we go….

dix, neuf, huit, sept, six, cinf, quatre, trois, deux, UNE….. oui, je peux compter.

J’aime la France pour les raisons suivantes.

D’aboard. France est le meilleur dans les pâtisseries. Hmmm… j’adore les macarons.
Mis à part les délicieuses saveurs de la couleur est aussi une attraction. J’aime coleurs. 
Depuis, je adore Paris parce que Paris est belle et romantique. Vous pouvez faire beaucoup de choses comme faire du shopping, prendre des photos et profiter de la vue et liste et beaucoup plus.
J’aime aussi les conceptions architecturales des églises.  Il ya beaucoup de choses à l’amour sur France mais tout cela pour l’instant.
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Je parle Français (I speak French)

As the saying goes, when in Rome, do what Romans do…and because we recently moved in France, we should speak French too!

D’accord! Forgive me for mixing english and french language but I promise to write my next blog more in french. For now, let me share with you my experiences learning French. This is not actually my first time learning a new language. While living in Italy, I learned Italian too.

Well, I come from the Philippines where our national language in the past is Spanish due to Spanish colonization from the arrival of the European explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, until the Spanish-American War that ended Spanish rule in 1898.
It remained, along with English, as a de-facto official language until removed in 1973 by a constitutional change. After a few months, it was re-designated an official language by presidential decree, and remained official until the present Constitution removed its official status.

Our official language in the Philippines for now is Tagalog and English. Tagalog  has some borrowed words from the Spanish language.

Ok, I’m not going to talk about our history. 🙂

When I arrived in Europe, most people would tell me it’s easy for you to adapt because you speak  Spanish. If only I can explain to everyone that it’s the old generation who speak Spanish in the Philippines.

For some reasons, I feel really ecstatic learning the French language because it’s a beautiful language and as I’ve  heard it’s the second most important language after English. My journey is quite easy because I speak English and I understand most Spanish words plus I also speak a little of Italian. Armed with these shall I call “sister languages” I know, I will be fine.

I enrolled in the University of Lorraine (DEFLE) Département d’Etudes de Français Langue Etrangère (DeFLE). I met other students who are also studying french language. In my class, it is mostly occupied by South Koreans. With smart professors in front who knows what he/she needs to teach, day by day, I noticed we are all improving and is speaking french to each other. Amazing it is!

I am trying to recall what happened on the first day of school since all of us doesn’t know what to do. On the first day of class, we are asked to present ourselves. Luckily, I already prepared myself for some basics. Here’s my presentation.
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