I plan to focus on French (since I took some in high school and I've heard it's the language you tend to encounter spoken most frequently in the city and in print), and hopefully catch a little bit of basic German alongside Daphne and her schoolwork. James…oh, James…might have to be on his own with Luxembourgish. Google Translate is no help with that one, and I figured out that Paul’s lessons turn quickly to topics not applicable to 4-year-olds (“I like to go to bars.”), and then abruptly end.
I’m making a cheat-notebook of common phrases in English, Luxembourgish, German, and French side-by-side. I figure it can't hurt to learn to say "hello," "good-bye," and "sorry for being such an idiot" in all of them.
(For the record, my brain is totally short-circuiting and I actually KNOW nothing at the moment. The cheat sheet just makes me feel smarter and productive and in control of my life. I plan to ride that illusion indefinitely).
But so help me, whatever happens, I am resolved to not purchase expensive Rosetta Stone software (or equivalent) if I can. I’ve got cds from the library, youtube videos, podcasts. All free, baby.
A big part of me just wants to say screw it, I’ll figure it out when I get there.
Meanwhile, observe how smart and productive and in control I am.