Monday, November 1, 2010


Today I embarked on what will be an estimated four months of French training. Calvin does not approve:

I approach this with some foreboding. I have been attempting to learn French on and off for the past decade or so. I get into a class, slowly pull my linguistic skills together, and then as soon as the class ends it all falls to pieces again. Lather, rinse, repeat. I suspect I'll use at least half of my training time picking up the vague remnants of things I used to know before I can even start learning anything new, and then in the two months of consular and econ training between French class and actually getting to post it will all once again vanish into the ether. But who knows. Maybe FSI has some good tricks up their sleeves.

By the way, if you ever have trouble locating the perfect Calvin and Hobbes comic to express your thoughts, you can probably find it here.


  1. that "random" in the C&H search engine link really aids comprehension! :P

  2. I hear FSI training is the best! good luck! or should I say, Bonne chance!

  3. I've heard mixed reviews about the quality of language training at FSI. Hopefully it'll work for me.

  4. You are now a highly motivated adult and not a student who has to take a class to graduate. I think the information will become part of you and you will start thinking in French. W.S.