French Class: A Poem

I’ll soon be off to Italy to start studying the Italian language. I know what I have to look forward to because I remember my French classes from years ago. I remember my confusion and my struggles with strange grammar concepts. But being able to speak French is certainly worth it and I know that whatever new difficulties I will face in Italy will be worth it to speak Italian. They say that a second foreign language is easier to learn than the first one. I’ll let you know. I wrote this little poem several years ago about those foreign language learning struggles.


French Class: A Poem by Margo Lestz

French Class

The teacher speaks French and what do I hear?
Noise! Gibberish!
What am I doing here?

What does he mean, all nouns have gender?
Masculine books? Feminine chairs?
How can I remember?

The teacher speaks French and what do I hear?
A word? I think I heard a word
Though it wasn’t very clear.

Oh no, more grammar. Here we go again
With un, une, des and le, la, les,
My head is in a spin.


The teacher speaks French and what do I hear?
Words! I definitely heard words!
I want to jump up and cheer!

I hear a beginner complain, and to myself I smile,
It’s not so hard, I say,
You’ll get it after a while.


-Margo Lestz


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Margo Lestz

Margo has authored four books about France. She has a BA in Liberal Studies with International Emphasis and enjoys travel, languages, history, writing, and experiencing other cultures.

One comment

  1. How exciting this is for you and look forward to following your blog. I checked out the school it seems really good. I may do this in the winter..after you. See you in Florence!

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