It is not like I didn’t know it was in the crawlspace.
It is one of those ridiculous things that one has and probably shouldn’t have, but I just cannot yet part with it.
I did not actually own it when I used it; I got it after the fact in a situation where it was being thrown out.
Some might wonder why I started learning French. I think that I mentioned that before, it all boils down to my not being able to learn the language of my family, Hungarian, and being confronted by the usual language choices in a junior high school: Spanish, French, and German. I think they offered German, in any case, maybe I should look at my yearbook.
With the languages to choose from, I opted for the one that seemed the most exotic. To me it was easy, I liked the sound of French, loved any pictures I had seen of France, had an intense desire to see the Eiffel tower, etc.
Now what does all this have to do with the ‘Voix et Images’ (Voice and Pictures) image? This is a set of records, vinyl records that is, that were used to practice and learn French. I remember oh so well my teacher, a very young teacher at that, Miss Jardine. It seems to me that she married soon after I left Schaaf Junior High. Miss Jardine would put the filmstrips that went along with the reel to reel tapes on and we would memorize the captions that would go with the pictures. The memorization was considered, at that time, to be the ‘way to go’ to learn languages, somehow mimicking the way we learn language in the first place. There were lots of dialogues and things to memorize and then there would be some manipulation.
This method preceded the ALM (Audio Lingual Method) and had some things in common. I must admit that this method did not work for everyone, but since I was motivated, it worked for me.
Monsieur et Madame Thibault were very important to the program and I clearly remember them to this day. It makes you wonder how my life would be different today if I had never encountered them. I might not even have a career!