I think the hardest part about learning a foreign language is retention. I spent a semester studying abroad in Clermont Ferrand, France. Yet, going from speaking the language every day in an environment filled with French speakers to my normal back in the United States has been more difficult than I could have imagined. This is why I decided to join the French club as one of my international groups to be involved in. Although it was nice to practice French and go to a few of the events, I do feel like I didn’t prioritize French over my other academic commitments. So, though I was a member, I recognize that language learning is not something that comes easy to me. It is a daily habit that I must be intentional about.
So, I am setting this commitment for myself to block out 30 minutes daily to work on French. No matter what I will use the following apps on my own to practice: Duolingo, TV5 Monde Apprendre, and Le Monde. Flashcards in particular have been helpful in employing the evidence-based techniques of active recall and spaced repetition. Next, I will maintain my journaling in French. Finally, I will listen to a French podcast, watch a French TV show/movie, or review a chapter of my old French textbooks.