I have decided after long last to learn French. Growing up in England, French was always pushed on me very aggressively as they are our closest foreign neighbours (though I guess actually language-wise that should be some kind of Gaelic but we never were encouraged to learn that – shows how much we still don’t value our closest and most lasting colonies). Because it was so aggressively pushed on me I did what any young person would do and rebelled. I refused to learn French and instead learned German. Later I began learning Spanish in a trip to Chile, but neither Spanish nor German really suited me. I just didn’t have much of a taste for them. However I still remember parts of conversation learned in French lessons over a decade ago and now that I have the choice I have decided to actively learn it. Most of my family speak French at least conversationally, it would be nice to talk to them in a language that isn’t English. Also, living so close to the coast there are many French tourists and again it would be nice to talk to them, actually be able to help them with directions rather than flail uselessly and then google translate my response.
I will test out different methods as I go and discuss the ones I liked the best and found easiest, also I will be doing this on a very limited budget and aim for only free resources. This is to save me money and also to show that it can be done without spending money on expensive textbooks etc.
Wish me luck~!