I know this isn't exactly a new or original topic (!) but I have just started living in Lille and intend/hope to stay here for up to a year. I'm 47 years of age, divorced, and a Spanish teacher/translator by trade.
I can communicate in French but I'm quite embarrassed by how much my French ability has deteriorated, due to my previous focus on Spanish, so the reason for me being here is to vastly improve my French (as well as get over a broken heart lol).
How do I meet people? I've been to the gym, and generally out and about, but due to my general lack of confidence in speaking French I find it quite hard to initiate conversation and make friends in the normal way.
I'm naturally quite outgoing and in terms of work, I do Spanish translation online but also need to find some kind of work over here (but I will address that issue via the jobs forum).
Any advice gratefully received and once again I'm sorry for the highly unoriginal topic