andy 1 – french 1

That title is a little misleading. It sounds like we’re even. I really wanted to call this post “Oh yeah, well French is a dumb language for jerks and I didn’t want to learn it anyway.” But Alex told me I wasn’t being diplomatic.

I took my French exam today. The results: 2+/3.

What this means is that I scored a 2+ on the oral section and a 3 on the reading section. Since my goal was a 3/3, it seems like I passed one section, but barely missed out on the other.

But alas, it’s not so simple.

You see, in order to get bonus points on the management register, I needed a 3 in the oral section. The reading section doesn’t matter for bonus points. I could have eaten the articles instead of reading them, but as long as I scored a 3 on the oral section, I’d have gotten my bonus.

So what now? Well, since I’m an EFM and not an FSO, my French days at FSI are over until I’m actually hired. I can still take the phone test to get points on the management register in the traditional route, but right now I’m a little too burnt out on French to really think about that. What I will need to do, however, is find a way to maintain my French skills (or lack thereof – signed, The French Department) until we go to Benin. That seems like a good activity for after the holidays.

Alex wanted me to add two more things. Despite not quite achieving my goal, I’m proud of how far I’ve come in just six months. And French isn’t really just for jerks.

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4 Responses to andy 1 – french 1

  1. Jeanne says:

    Darn that French language department! Rest assured we will be speaking no French at our house over the holidays.

  2. bfiles says:

    that is frustrating. maybe you need a quick break and then can hire a tutor to get you ready for the phone test. I think you have come amazingly far for 6 mos! It seems to me, though of course I haven’t taken FSI courses yet, that the phone test is more forgiving than the actual test. I hear about tons of people who pass the phone test and then still have to take a few mos of classes at FSI (I’m sure I’ll be one of them). Good luck.

  3. Becky says:

    You really have accomplished a lot. That is frustratingly close to passing though. I can see where it would be frustrating. I hope the phone test goes well for you.

  4. Carolyn says:

    I heard French at FSI is getting a little ridiculous these days. However, you should be proud of coming so far!! I think it’s much better than most. Also, FYI, I don’t think you’ll have any trouble getting off of that register with your current score when you’re ready. 🙂

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