It all started in elementary school for me, in Palo Alto, California. My mom signed me up for French class. I didn't see the point. I didn't know any French people, and wasn't interested in the language. Typical, of a 10 year old kid that thought about skateboarding and cereal 90% of the time.
Fast forward 30 years, and I now speak French fluently, and love the language and culture! What happened? I eventually realized that speaking another language opens up a new world of friends, ideas and delicious French pastries...that's what happened.
French didn't come easier for me that for my classmates, but I eventually developed fluency because I lived in France. At age 19, I served a mission for my church in the Bordeaux region of France, which was an amazing and transformational life experience.
After arriving in France in 1997, I immediately realized that 8 years of French classes hadn't given me the ability to hold everyday conversations with French speakers. The worlds were too fast, the accents sounded different that what I'd learned, and my mouth felt like it was in knots when I tried to speak! It was very frustrating.
After several months of reading outload in French and daily practice speaking, I got there. It took a lot of work, but eventually things came together and I could communicate fluently in French! What an amazing feeling it was, and still is!
After retuning from France, I found it difficult to find French speakers to practice with. I would occasionally attend a French-speaking club meeting, or run in to a French speaker at the farmers market or around town. I longed for an easy way to practice speaking French, and couldn't find it.
Fast forward again by a few years, and voila, Flooant is born! I started this business because I wanted an easy way to practice speaking a foreign language, at a time that was convenient for me. Also, I didn't want to go anywhere, or schedule any appointments. I just wanted to pick up my phone and practice speaking with a native speaker. Is that too much to ask? Not any more :)
I hope you enjoy practicing through Flooant as much as I do! Not everyone can move abroad to develop fluency in a foreign language. It's still a great idea to visit foreign countries and enjoy the people and culture. Now, when you can afford the time and money to do that, your experience will be 10X more enjoyable, because you'll be fluent!