Driving me to distress

That may be a slightly misleading title as I don’t drive…yet.

You may know that I’ve started the process of learning to drive and, over here (France), that means starting my “cours de code” which are practice theory tests each week before you take your actual theory test. You have to have your theory before they’ll even let you have practical lessons.

DPP_1923So anyway, I signed up for lessons on the Friday and went to my first ‘cours de code’ on the Saturday last week, I had no idea what to expect so went prepared with pens, pencils, a note pad and my book of all the stuff I need to learn. Turns out I didn’t need any of it, I wrongly thought they were lessons to help you pass your theory test. Anyway, there I was, sat in a full classroom trying to figure out what the questions meant, what the answers meant, and what the answer was in 30 seconds. Before too long I was struggling with the anxiety of the situation although I made it through the hour.

However today was a different story. Today I knew what to expect and I knew I couldn’t handle it. I cried, I had a panic attack, basically I fell apart. There was too many people for me to cope with, it was too small a space, it was too difficult, it was just too everything.

The long and short of it is I didn’t go to my second session, instead my step-dad asked if there were any quieter sessions and I’ll be going on Tuesday’s when there’s only 4 or 5 other people there. Hopefully that will make it much easier for me and I can concentrate on the actual test and learning what I need to.

It’s harder than I expected though, I knew it would be hard, it’s all in French of course, but I didn’t realise it would beĀ so hard. Flicking through the book is exhausting; having to pick up a dictionary for every other word. And it’s no use me just learning parrot fashion because I need to understand it to be a safe driver.

If anyone has any tips do let me know, I’m open to learning suggestions!


  1. Jayne

    Wow, I do NOT envy you the task of learning in a second language, I can’t imagine how tough that must be. I’m glad you’ve found a smaller class, I hope that helps with the stress and anxiety levels.

    1. Mrs TeePot

      Thanks, hopefully it will help, will know by tomorrow!

  2. Actually Mummy...

    Eeek, can’t help other than to suggest you come to England and take your test here! Sorry – hope it goes better next time x

    1. Mrs TeePot

      It was an option I looked at but then I have to come over and get used to driving on the other side and things.

  3. Emma @ Adventures of a London Kiwi

    I take my (metaphorical) hat off to you for being brave enough to take on the challenge. In another language.
    You can do it!

    1. Mrs TeePot

      Thank you! I hope so!

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