I may look a bit of a berk, but it’ll all be worth it in the end

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I’ve always wanted to be able to speak French – and after my birthday last weekend, I reckon that I’ll be able to achieve my goal.

Sarah, my other half, gave me Rosetta Stone, the language-learning software.

You may have seen the adverts on the telly.

It’s a voice recognition programme which assesses your pronunciation and helps you use words and sentences with actual footage.

So although I may look like a bit of a berk sat in a cafe with headphones on, repeating a conversation in French over and over again.

But if it stops me ordering 15 coffees or insulting a railway inspector on my next trip across the Channel, then it will have been well worth it.