So, first I have to tell you I got a D in high school French. My dad was so infuriated with me, he threatened to take me out of the high school play unless my grade improved.
Well, here I am many many years later and traveling to France at least twice a year on business and pleasure. I cannot say by any means I have mastered the language….but I get the key words or phrases to “get by”. And, the French see that I am trying and are quite accommodating to my effort.
In most large cities English is spoken quite frequently, but in the heart of Provence it is the opposite. I try, they try and we might laugh a bit…and in the end there is no language barrier but a common ground of understanding. Progress!