For those who don’t know, “French Immersion” is a bilingual program offered to non-native speakers to learn French in different subjects at school.
The idea was conceived in Canada, but it’s since been adopted in other countries like the UK and Australia. “Extended French” and “Enriched French” are also similar programs, of varying degrees, all to get young minds IMMERSED in French.
Cool concept, eh? Well reality was more like:
2. Like, when the teacher was talking, you had to lowkey leaf through it just to prepare somewhat of a coherent response en français.
3. You know who and what this thing is:
(Because that scary little “ananas” has, and will forever, haunt your dreams.)
4. O, and the painfully-’80sTéléfrançais theme song, which you could not NOT sing along to.
Seriously, try: “Téléfrançais! Téléfrançais! Bonjour! Allô! Salut!”
5. Your parents didn’t realize you were much too young to have an interest or appreciation for such a refined language.
6. You only enrolled because you heard there was some big trip to Montreal or Quebec City at the end.
7. You watched a lot of Degrassi in class — but en français, of course.
A technique used to make French more ~accessible~ to cool Canadian teens.
8. And it didn’t matter if you actually understood the French overdub because you probably already saw that Degrassi episode in English.
11. Sometimes you think about all the history and geography and science you might have missed in those years.
12. If you took Math in French, you know that shit is CRAZY: commas as decimals LIKE WHAT HOW DOES THAT MAKE SENSE.
13. You knew that having a dictionary during tests was really a curse in disguise.
It felt like you were getting away with murder by using it to translate, but you came to learn it actually slows you down tremendously. Like, double-time.