I debated whether to put this in GQ, but it’s more of an opinion thing so I stuck it here in IMHO. As always, the Almighty Mods may feel free to huck this puppy to a different forum if need be.
Here’s the situation: Sometime in the next couple of years I’ll be leaving my scholastic exile here in Orange County clutching undergraduate degrees in French and Linguistics. It is my fervent hope to go into a career in translation, but there is one flaw in this plan: I can’t speak French for crap. Read it, understand it, to some extent write in it, sure. But speak it? Ech.
So, in order to actually get any use out of my French degree, much less translate professionally, I need to learn to speak it fluently. The only way to do this, is to go someplace francophone and try to become less of an “américaine stupide.” I’ve considered studying abroad in France, but this seems a bit unpractical at the moment and, to be honest, quite terrifying for someone who’s barely left her own state, much less the North American Continent.
My current plan, then, is to spend some time in Québec after graduating. Maybe work there, maybe go to grad school or something, pick up a Québecois accent to match my American accent. Being American, though, I know exactly jack about Québec, so I’m looking for input on this plan. What d’you guys think? How are the local universities? How many people will actually continue to speak French with me after hearing me massacre the language? How’s the job market? Am I smoking crack?