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Jennie has written 688 articles so far, you can find them below.


Le retour de la neige au Michigan

A few days after we return to France, Michigan gets lots of snow again: C’EST PAS JUSTE !!! IT’S NOT FAIR!!!! This one has nothing to do with snow; I just thought it was really cute. Brandy & Shadow were taking a nap together before Christmas. I really miss dogs.

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Christmas in Michigan

Christmastime Emotions Happy. I honestly do not like Christmas in France, so going back to the US this year was wonderful. I need decorations everywhere and 6 foot trees and Christmas carols playing 24/7 on the radio. I have to watch the Grinch and Charlie Brown and even Rudolph with those creepy dolls that surprisingly […]

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Leaving

I’m off to the US for Christmas! We’re leaving here at 7 am, and I will finally get to my parent’s house around 10 pm (4 am French time). ::sigh:: Thank you stupid Lufthansa for changing my flight times after I chose the times I wanted and paid for the ticket. Why are airlines allowed […]

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C’est pas TERrible.

This summer, SNCF introduced new tickets for the TER trains. They are the size of a credit card, so they waste less paper and are easier to carry. However, they are nearly impossible to “composter” in the darn yellow machines. I have to shove my ticket in at least 3 times before it will work; […]

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La neige dans les montagnes

I took advantage of the new double-decker trains to take better pictures of the mountains on my way to work this week. It’s been getting a lot colder here lately and there’s snow on the mountains, but not in the valleys. I love seeing snow in one field, but green grass in the one just […]

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Visite médicale, times two

I went to Grenoble today for a medical visit required by the préfecture (or else no new carte de séjour). I had done the exact same thing last year when I first arrived in France, so at least I knew what to expect. But still, wasting 20 € and an entire day just to get […]

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Christmas Spirit

So France doesn’t go crazy with Christmas decorations like the US does, so I’ve been having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. We finally bought some decorations this weekend so I feel a little better. Garland (guirlande), lights (guirlande électrique), card (carte) from Teresa, poinsettia plant from Jessica, and Joyeux Noël […]

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School & Public Transportation Vocabulary

un débrayage – short stoppage in work, not necessarily caused by a strike. Can include short protests against something that cannot be changed, complete with speeches that cannot be heard over the noise of uninterested students happy to have an excuse to miss class. Also the cause of unexpected trous in one’s schedule (see below). […]

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Why I don’t prefer the US to France: High cost of university

Anyone else think this is unfair? I took a class in the spring term (May/June), so my loan went into deferment, supposedly until 2010 – the year my university listed as my graduation date. But that wasn’t correct since I graduated just after that spring term in August 2007. (And I thought loans were automatically […]

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English Teaching Assistantships in Europe for American citizens

Information and applications for the English teaching assistantships in Europe can be found at the following sites. You should have an intermediate knowledge of the language (French, Spanish, or German) but this really isn’t enforced for the French program… English Assistant in France Americans / Canadians / Australians / New Zealanders / CIEP Site Teach […]

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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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