I am about to take the French language exam as part of the requirements for the PhD program at my university. The exam will consist of having to translate (with the help of a dictionary) a subset of a mathematics paper written in French. As an Indian international student in the US, I speak a number of languages, but I've grown up knowing them (i.e. never went through the process of having to learn it) and none of them (except perhaps English) give me any insight into the French language, which makes me nervous!
I would appreciate any tips as to how one might prepare for this exam, and materials that might be handy. For example:
- Did you have to take a language exam? How did you prepare for it?
- Has knowing said language helped you out in your mathematical career?
- Do there exist collections of mathematics papers in French that one can practice on?
Thanks you in advance for your answers!