Writing the French Word of the Day emails has been a learning experience in more than one way. Something that became clear over the past few months was that I overextended myself. I took on more than I could handle and overcompensated by cutting back on everything to work on my book. I’m working on my next book and I figured out what I must do in order to achieve balance.
My daily emails still have the word, definition, photograph and two practice sentences. My husband is recording pronunciation audio clips for each word – so that is a fun addition! We have already finished a months worth, and I’ve started on another batch for him to edit and record. This way, the Word of the Day will never be interrupted if I take off for a week or two off (or even a month or two).
Also, instead of using stock photos, I am taking the photos myself. Not only was it more time consuming scouring the web, but the photos never really felt French. Now every image comes from around my home, my village, or my travels around France. It gives my words a more personal and consistent touch. So yes, those rotten fruit in today’s word of the day email comes from my kitchen. Yuck!
You can subscribe not only by email, but also by RSS and following its Facebook and Twitter pages. I placed my word of the days on a different pages on Facebook and Twitter because I didn’t want to overwhelm existing subscribers who do not wish to learn French. If you do not want to subscribe, you can keep checking the new “Vocab” link in the top menu to view a listing of all vocabulary words. Soon, I will also have grammar tips in a drop down menu there.
I’m sad to announce that I’ll no longer be offering the practice test and answers on Saturdays and Sundays. I found that it these were the reason why I consistently fell behind. Instead of doing these, my focus is to offer the best Word of the Day with audio.
Take a peak at today’s French Word of the Day! What do you think?