I am terrible at French. I barely scraped a pass at CGSE, after 6 years of French lessons, I managed to get "My name is David" WRONG in the speaking test. When in France, even if I practise first, make sure it's absolutely right, and run it past my fluent wife first I am not understood. I'll say my practised line, and not be understood. What happens next is that I start removing non essential words until I am down to the nouns only, at which point I sink to slow loud English. My wife is a complete Francophile, as well as being fluent in French, German, and can get by in Italien, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Danish, Norweigen, some more I can't remember, plus ancient languages like Latin and Greek. While it's obviously very usefl, I'd like to not be reliant on her for basic communication. Why don't I ask for her help? For the same reason I wont teach her to how drive. I want to surprise her, not divorce her. Later this year we are going to Paris. I've got about 6 months, give or take. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions? I've looked at a few pocasts and apps, but there's nothing like advice from people who have done this before.