“I took French for 4 years and I don’t remember a word.”
There are so many “teacher rebuttals” to this statement, it’s not even funny. This is the most common statement I hear as a French teacher whenever I say what I do for a living.
So knowing that my students will say – to me or to someone else – that they don’t remember any French, WHY DO I BOTHER?
Because the moments when they say to me:
“This, like, actually makes sense.”
“I love French culture”
“Madame! We learned French jokes over lunchtime!”
“This sounds like the coolest place ever.”
“You make traveling sound like something I could actually do.”
“I want to be like you.”
Are worth everything to me.