About Jennie


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Audio Links Roundup for Language Learning

Books can’t exactly teach you how to speak or understand a language. Listening is the most important skill to master when learning a language. And that is where the internet comes in. So here’s a short list of audio-heavy websites, most of which I’m sure I’ve already posted about, and many of which are multilingual: […]

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Someone Else’s Tour du Monde

David’s friends Max and Pauline are currently on their “tour du monde” – trip around the world. I still don’t think I would like to to do one long trip around the world, but I sure do miss traveling.  I haven’t left the country since August. Three whole months! They’ve been posting beautiful photographs, most […]

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Featuring Canaille

Not much going on here these days. After tomorrow, only 4 weeks of classes left for the semester and I only have one more lesson to prepare. December is going to be so easy. Except for all the correcting of recordings and tests. The weather was actually very sunny and warm these past few days, […]

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November in the Alps

November is a bit depressing because this is what it looks like every single day. Never-ending gray clouds.

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Friday the 13th / le vendredi 13

The number 13 and Fridays are usually considered bad or even evil according to Christianity, and the tradition of Friday the 13th being a very unlucky day still persists in many cultures. Yet in France, vendredi le 13 is considered a lucky day when people buy lots of lottery tickets. Have you bought your ticket […]

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Armistice Day / Veterans Day / Remembrance Day

Hug a veteran today.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken in France

It’s Sunday and we have no food in the apartment because it’s Sunday and no stores are open. Ok, some stores are open in the morning on Sundays, but they are so crowded that I hyperventilate just thinking about it. A KFC opened in Chambéry a few months ago and I was actually curious to […]

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My American Market

Win a 40–euro gift basket of your favorite American treats! Are you struggling to satisfy your cravings because you are: –  Embarrassed to ask your family and friends for one more favor? –  Fed up with products that melted or broke during the transatlantic trip? –  Worn out from having to rush around Paris, search […]

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Trois ans ensemble

Aujourd’hui, c’est notre anniversaire de trois ans ! Je t’aime, mon prince !

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French Newspapers from 1919 and 1938-1942

A little history lesson thanks to David’s grandma who didn’t throw these newspapers away (that we just discovered in the storage space this weekend!) Conditions of the WWI peace treaties were decided in May 1919. (Women’s suffrage is just a teaser. That wouldn’t actually happen until 1944.) The Treaty of Versailles was signed June 28, […]

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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