What Is iLoveFrench Anyway?

Bonjour et Bienvenue!

Hi, I’m Marianna! And, as you have probably guessed by now – I love French! 

I have always had a passion for learning foreign languages. As a matter of fact, and I don’t mean to brag, I am actually pretty good at it too. But it hasn’t always been that way…

20 years ago, I was a music teacher in Russia, fresh out of college, with a diploma in one hand and absolutely no way to make any sustainable income as a musician in the other. I even had a job in a private ballet studio playing beautiful ballet music on the piano while cute little ballerinas danced. I loved my job… But the money, or should I say the lack of it, was the different story. So, I quit my job and took some time off to figure out what’s next. Yes, I have always loved music, but I needed to come up with something else… Something I would both enjoy and to be able to make a better living with…

As I was sitting at home, totally bored, no clue what to do with my life, I had an idea.. An idea, which made absolutely no sense at that time. But, amazingly enough, as it turned out, that idea had completely changed my life. I decided to learn English!

“OK”, you say, “But what does this have to do with French and this website”? Well, hold on, it has everything to do with French and this website. Just read the rest of my story and you will see…

Actually, what I said in the beginning wasn’t entirely true. Let me correct myself by saying that I’ve always had a passion for music AND foreign languages. I probably get this from my father. He spoke several foreign languages: English, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, and he was fluent in French. Growing up, I was particularly fascinated by English and French and I always wanted to speak both of these languages. Unfortunately, even though English was mandatory in a Soviet school, somehow I managed to graduate both high school and college with a good English grades, but in all honesty knowing only two words in English – “a table” and “an eraser”. Yes, I’m sorry, I cheated! My brother did my English homework for me and I was just reading it aloud in class without any clue of what I was saying. It’s embarrassing, but true! I was spending all my time studying music, I was getting more and more behind in English, and it was too hard to catch up…

That’s why, while jobless and bored, I thought to myself: “Why don’t I use all of this spear time I have right now and finally do what I always wanted to do – learn English and French?” And so I started with learning English on my own. I remember my Mom shaking her head and asking: “Why are you learning English? What are you going to do with it?” And I said: “I have no idea! I just like it, I have time for it, and hopefully one day I could make some use out of it…” I started from very beginning, and within 1 year I made an astonishing progress and was hired by one of the US agencies in Moscow. Buy the end of my 2nd year of learning English I was completely fluent in spoken and written English. I became an Interpreter, I married an American, and for the past 15 years I live in the US with my wonderful family. I still work as an Interpreter and absolutely love my job!

So what about French? Now, we finally made it to the French part! As I already mentioned before, I have always loved French language. I remember as a child, when I heard my father speak French, it sounded so magical to me… French is such a beautiful and romantic language! Unfortunately, with my always busy live I have never found a time to learn it. I thought I never would… Until recently… When I realized: “Why not?”
So, just like that I finally decided to learn French. And the fun began…

People often ask me how I learned English and if I have any special secrets, tips, and tricks. As a matter of fact I do. Lots of them. That’s what gave me the idea for this site! I love French! I’m having lots of fun learning it! I would love to share my experience with anyone who could benefit from it. And then I realized that I love much more then just French language. I do love all things French – the language, the culture, the food… I love it all! And now, what started as a simple language learning blog, may just became a “monster” site of Everything French! I just can’t stop finding more and more cool sites, programs, and gadgets, and I would love to share it all with you!

So, Welcome to iLoveFrench! Enjoy!


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