It seems I have been a little harsh on my tutor, Ann. So I am posting this to set the record straight. Ann is actually a very nice lady, and a dear friend. Her and her husband have been incredibly kind to us since we've been in Strasbourg. Though she is a qualified, and well trained teacher, she asks me to pay a very small fee for my lessons. Even with that she never fails to fill my belly with drinks and cookies during my lesson (which are at her home). In fact if added up my hungry mouth has probably eaten any profit she might make from me. She is a wonderful teacher. She is kind and patient with me. She never yells at me when I don't finnish my homework, she never agrees with me when I say I am stupid. I am, in fact, a rather rotten student. Mostly I manage to do my homework, but I rarely do anything beyond that, and certainly don't speak French outside of the classroom. On occasion she has lectured me, but only because she is concerned with my progress and attitude, which is generally poor. I enjoy her teaching immensely, but often hate the learning process. Her lectures come out of me being moody and grumpy during a lesson. Learning this language is painful. There is much I would like to say, but am unable which frustrates me beyond belief.
So my tutor is in reality a very kind person, and a good teacher. Sorry if this is schmaltzy, but several people have made comments about my grumbles toward Ann. I wanted to make sure that it is understood that it is learning French that frustrates me, not my tutor.