Hey it is Hannah ,
Being the eldest of 5 children, it was obvious that my younger siblings would pick up the language quicker than me. but I never prepared myself for the obvious differences in accents among us 5. When we moved here me, and my sister were 13 my brother was 9 and my sister was 7. The youngest was born here so she is going have an excellent accent. My sister ( the second youngest ) was already quite intelligent for her age, so she had no trouble and she was outgoing, it was obvious that she was going learn and speak French better than I was ever going to.
I have been told numerous amounts of times that what makes the difference is confidence but never understood really what they meant. It only occurred to me this year that if I had the confidence to speak to people, I could have been able to speak better than today. I am a shy girl as it is and never unless forced to participate in England, so it was apparent that in France it was not going to change. I would go as far to say that I did not want to speak at all even in an English lesson. It was never an option to ask for things in shops even though I knew what to say, I would try to help them by whispering what I thought they had to say. It has not changed to this day.
My brother can speak well and is not afraid to speak up if he needs to. I will admire this quality that I will never acquire. He had the courage to stand up for himself one year in to living in France, today he speaks like a pro. I have learnt over time that if you have confidence it does not matter If you have no idea what you are going to say you formulate something. I have come to abide by the saying
Hannah , une Anglophone
An insight to living in france