Getting Closer

As a follow up to my last post regarding my limited French, the placement office replied by saying I better get going on my French studies immediately. She proceeded to make sure I knew that learning two languages (French and whatever local language) at the same time is very difficult, especially when French is used in the classroom to teach the local language. I think learning one language is pretty difficult, so you better believe I’m firing up Rosetta Stone tonight!

With that said, it’s pretty apparent that I’m being sent to a French speaking Sub-Saharan African country where the Peace Corps has a business program that is leaving somewhat soon. And guess what? There’s only one option that I know of – Burkina Faso, scheduled to depart on October 13th!

So it seems like it’s all set, I just have to wait for the official invite which hopefully will come any day now. And while I am incredibly excited, I don’t want to freak out quite yet. It feels pretty amazing to at least have something that seems fairly plausible though.


5 Responses to “Getting Closer”

  1. 1 K.A.W.
    August 11, 2010 at 22:57

    Will you let me know how well Rosetta Stone works? My mother is thinking about purchasing it for me.

    • 2 Scott
      August 13, 2010 at 10:08

      I actually found it a lot more helpful than the few formal classes I took, though I’m coming from absolutely no French background at all. I might have a different perspective if I had some basic knowledge coming in. Haven’t poked through levels 2 or 3 yet, but I’ll update the blog with my thoughts when I get there.

  2. 4 ACQ
    August 12, 2010 at 18:00

    Woohoo!!! Is it not blissful to see such progress with placement? I am ready to be in that place and am hoping to not be far behind.

    • 5 Scott
      August 13, 2010 at 10:09

      It’s definitely nice, but still no formal word yet and the anticipation is killing me! It’s a pretty crazy feeling knowing you could get a call at any moment that radically changes your life.

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