The year I began 8th grade, the small country school I attended implemented a program whereby they decided to branch out and offer French, instead of Spanish, Home Ec was offered to boys, and the library was moved and enlarged by at least three times.
I loved the library, hated boys in Home Ec, and had never before heard French spoken. I spent the first 6 weeks in shock. I grew up learning to understand, but not speak, German. The two languages are drastically different. The French teacher was the oddest person I had ever encountered - up until I was 14 years old