Back in 5th grade(in Ukraine most schools have 11(since 2020, 12) grades and high school isn't separated from junior and middle one) when we just started learning a second foreign language, I was very into learning French. I even had the best grades in our class. Then I gradually started losing interest as I understood that our learning programme(that was an especially stark contrast given our superior English programme that was the best in the town) was meh to say the least. Then a girl that lived for a few years in France transfered in. She wasn't exactly the sharpest tool in the shed but when it came to French, she effortlessly got the best grades and even got third place in the state-wide French Olympiad. This got me really demoralised and I kinda stopped trying to improve my French at all. Now I still can understand ~65% percent of the /francofil/ thread on 4chan's /int/ and somewhat communicate in French(well, at least say "Parlez-vous anglais? Mon français est mauvais." or decipher their response if they say "Non" but my proficiency barely increased since 2017.
Really good on you that you actually gone through with decently learning French. Do you have a DELF level btw? I wouldn't dare trying to get one, given my mediocre lnowledge but you could certainly use it.
>how to write a fucking letter
Extremely relatable. I was about to get a heart attack when I checked my letter sheet for the aforementioned test. I was really sure that I'd make a dumb mistake that'd cost me the perfect score as I didn't have one for 80% of my English works in school in the last semester despite clearly being the most proficient student in my class.
>now I have to wait 4 months
Sounds painful, my condolences.