About Jennie


Website: http://www.ielanguages.com
Jennie has written 690 articles so far, you can find them below.


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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Just another October 31st

I didn’t decorate for Halloween this year, didn’t buy any candy and didn’t carve a pumpkin. It really doesn’t feel like Halloween at all. But fall is definitely here. David & I went to the marché this morning after stopping by the optician to order my new glasses and contacts (for a grand total of […]

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Television is Educational (especially when it’s in another language)

Just for (nerdy) fun, I wrote down all the Québécois words that were spoken in 3 episodes of Catherine as well as their “standard French” counterparts that appeared in the subtitles. Québec France   Québec France platte chiant   gang bande chaudière seau   napkinne serviette de table écœurer dégoûter   pantoute pas du tout […]

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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 January 2010, I started focusing more on teaching and learning languages in general. 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 the university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling (though now my trips are usually in Australia) and being an American abroad.

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My Say it in French phrasebook and Great French Short Stories dual-language book (both published by Dover Publications) are available at Amazon.com.

The 2nd edition of French Language Tutorial is now available as a PDF book. It has been updated with much more vocabulary, sample sentences, and cultural information, plus extended vocabulary lists, cross-referenced topics, and an alphabetical index.

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