We will be spending time in Paris at the end of April and I am resigned to the reality that I will be nowhere near fluent or proficient in French by the time we leave, but I do like to be able to communicate at a basic level with the natives of a land I am visiting.
What are the best tips or advice others would be able to give me?
For instance, when memorizing verbs and their correct conjugation, I am unlikely to be asking if a group of Parisian schoolchildren will be going to the movies next Thursday. So I will focus more on the conjugation of "je" and "vous" for basic conversation.
Also, after visiting Germany many times, I have discovered that the Germans will actually understand me if I use the wrong definite article. No disrespect intended towards the gender of French nouns, but if I get the definate or indefinite article wrong, I assume the French will not take offense.
I am also focusing on being able to merely correctly pronounce written French rather that bein able to translate. Again, I just know what I can accomplish in the next 4 months.
Thanks for any help. And Joyeux Nöel!