19 Things Only "French Immersion" Students Would Understand
Your French is still ne pas great.
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:
1. You always had a French-English dictionary on hand and it became your lifeblood.
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.
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.
8. And it didn't matter if you actually understood the French overdub because you probably already saw that Degrassi episode in English.
10. You have read an entire assignment, and not retained anything.
You have read an entire assignment twice ...and not retained anything.