Lewiston resident. Retired.
French was my first language too,so I can relate to what you're saying. I can remember having to learn English in a hurry so I could start school. However it was much easier for me since my friends and relatives were mostly bilingual and could help me pick up English. There was a lot of, "How do you say that in English?" (in french, of course).
At least there are no hieroglyphs all over the place this time. Nasty comment from him, though.
Oh Yes, I remember the days of straps and rulers very well.