French Walkabout Language Tutorial
You really learn a language while out living your daily life, not in a book, or even in a French movie. You learn it as you walk by a flower, and think to yourself “jolie fleur!” or ask a person on the street, “Où se trouve l’épicerie?” You name things in your environment, you ask questions. That is the principle of the French Walkabout. If you have ever seen the movie, Walkabout, you know that it is about a young Australian aborigine fulfilling the final task of his growth and development, which is to walk about in the Australian bush and survive. I coined the term French Walkabout to describe a a non French speaker walking about in a wilderness of objects and actions he can only describe in English, with the goal of gradually learning how to define his environment in French.
Opportunities to Learn French All Around You
So, when I go out, I am always on the lookout for an object or an action I don’t know how to describe in French. I snap a picture of it, make a flashcard of it, and gradually, over time reduce the number of objects and actions in my environment I can’t describe in French. I’ll never know them all, of course, as I really don’t all the names for all the objects and actions in English, but my goal is to continue refining, and improving my ability to describe my environment with language, both my native one, and the one I have chosen to learn, French.
Learning French During a Recent Hotel Stay
Here are some words I learned while staying at the Fairfield Marriott Hotel in Manchester, NH. Watch the video, and then try the flashcards. I will also add the words from the slideshow of my previous post, Learn French Online Free with Sabrina, to these flashcards.
Here’s a short video of my French Walkabout at the Fairfield Marriott Hotel:
Here Are Your French Flashcards
That’s all for now!
À la prochaine!