About Jennie


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Jennie has written 690 articles so far, you can find them below.


Cosette no more

I took my new kitty to the vet today to get checked out, only to discover to that she is a he. The vet even had a hard time telling that it was male, but yeah, my Cosette needed a new name. Apparently in France, you’re supposed to name your pets according to which Letter […]

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Drinky drinks.

Why is there no plain iced tea in France??? I do not want your stupid Peach-flavored Ice Tea, Lipton. Can’t you sell anything else in this country? I can’t even find regular green tea in the store. Some people don’t like mint or lemon! ::sigh:: And why do so many people like drinking l’eau pétillant […]

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Another reason to love Quebec

Why I love Quebec: Têtes à Claques TV is a collection of videos that I don’t even know how to describe. Some Québécois guys put their eyes and mouths into weird cartoonish bodies and wrote funny scripts, in Québécois French of course. Just go watch. This is one of the many ways I waste time […]

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FIA Addiction

Just when I decide I need to get off my computer and do things in the real world more often, I agree to start writing summaries of French in Action episodes for the FIA Wiki created by my new favorite blog, Mystère et boules de gomme ! I’m going to write up a new page […]

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Changes

David left yesterday to go to Ireland on a week-long hiking trip with his best friends. It’s not the longest we’ve been apart (I’ve traveled 3 times this year without him), but it’s the first time I’m home alone in France. Well, I’m not all alone, but Cosette likes to spend most of the day […]

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Meet Cosette.

I finally have a pet in France! Her name is Cosette and she’s all white except for one tiny gray spot on her head. She’s so cute and kinda fat. But she came from a farm where the stereotypically old country French lady fed her soup and cheese, so that’s understandable. She’s getting real cat […]

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Pourquoi j’ai hâte d’habiter dans la campagne.

Carole avait mal à la tête, donc je lui ai dit que je sortirais le chien. En rentrant chez moi, une dame qui était en train de décharger sa voiture a decidé de m’engueuler. Pourquoi? J’avais un chien. Elle a supposé que je l’avais laissé faire ses besoins sur l’herbe qui appartient à la co-propriété. […]

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Food confusion

Last night, David decided he wanted to make fajitas. So we went to Leclerc and finally found the tiny international section (international meaning Mexican and Chinese). There was one brand of fajita mix, Tex-Mex something, so we grabbed it and started collecting the other ingredients… onion, pepper, chicken… and corn? I never ate Mexican food […]

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Nerdiest post of the month

Since I’m slightly obsessed with geography and memorizing states/provinces/capital cities in North America, I decided to finally start learning all of the départements of France. Not just their assigned numbers, but their locations, main cities, and the region to which they belong. The numbers correspond to alphabetical order (somewhat), so it’s not so hard, but […]

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Rage against the… books?

I have this habit of taking online French placement tests, just for fun. (Most language schools’ websites have free tests you can take.) The majority of these tests focus on verb conjugations and agreement between nouns and adjectives. In other words, grammar. This is why I always get near perfect scores on these tests even […]

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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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