About Jennie


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Jennie has written 692 articles so far, you can find them below.


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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Réaffirmer la fierté d’être français

Eric Besson, France’s Minister of Immigration, said in an interview yesterday that he wants French people to be  proud of their country and their nationality. He wants young people to sing La Marseillaise at least once per year and he wants adults to take civic instruction classes. He’s going to conduct a two month national […]

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Zoom sur Annecy

TF1 just did a reportage on Annecy, the lake and the possible Winter Olympics in 2018. You can watch the video at their site. It’s about 15 minutes long and even if you don’t understand French, it’s still worth it to look at all the pretty scenery. “Le 13 heures vous emmène en balade aux […]

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Talk Out Loud!

It’s vacation time already! I have 11 days off thanks to Toussaint. Then there are only 7 weeks left of the semester (one of which is shortened by the jour férié on November 11) after that. Time flies when you’re having fun, eh? I wish I could do this job forever. I know my next […]

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Interpreting for Europe

Want to work as an interpreter? The EU needs native English and French speakers!

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Québec is Calling Me…

In order to feed my Quebec obsession, I’ve been watching the Radio-Canada series “Catherine” on TV5 each evening. Luckily it’s subtitled in European French because I don’t understand all the words, but when they make cultural references to Thanksgiving, Sears or hockey, it makes me a little homesick. Sometimes I catch “Pure Laine” which is […]

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Emphasizing Oral Skills in Language Education

For once I agree with Sarkozy on something. He recently announced an “emergency” plan for changing the way languages are taught in France. He recognizes that the French system currently emphasizes too much grammar and memorization when basic communication skills such as listening and speaking should be the focus of language education. Even though most […]

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Summer to Fall to Christmas in One Week

Last week I was still wearing tank tops because the temperature was still reaching 75° (24 C). This week it’s been probably about 50° or 60° (10-15 C) and the heat has been turned on in our building. We’re supposed to turn all the radiators on full blast to make sure everything is working properly […]

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Switzerland vs. France (Not a Football Match)

Oddly enough, living in France near the Swiss border has more disadvantages than advantages. At first I thought it would be nice to be close to another country that isn’t even in the EU. Geneva’s international airport has served me well over the years, but I’ve got to say that I’ve never actually spent time […]

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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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