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Les Gorges du Fier

The Fier River leads west out of Annecy, towards Rumilly. In between the two cities, there is a neat little tourist attraction called Les Gorges du Fier. Basically, the water has carved deep gorges into the rock, and you can walk through them on a little platform. David and I spent the day there taking […]

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On est allé au Semnoz.

I spent today on a mountain. The weather was gorgeous, so David and I drove up the Semnoz (all the way to the top where there is still snow), and then came back down to have a picnic in the grass. We watched little children play soccer, dogs happily chase after sticks, and les parapentistes […]

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Sous-Titrages

I finally figured out how to turn the subtitles on! It only involved pushing random buttons on the remote for 15 minutes and then pushing 888. How easy. I mean, doesn’t everyone know that 888 means subtitles in France? I just watched two episodes of Bones and understood almost everything. Je suis contente ! Edit: […]

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Il est midi.

Every first Wednesday of the month at noon, each French commune plays the evacuation/air raid alarms from WWII. I love the historical significance of it and that the French have not forgotten the war. But still, it’s a very creepy sound.

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Every time I borrow a DVD from the médiathèque, I always check first to see if there are subtitles in French because reading while listening helps increases my comprehension and vocabulary. I know that closed captioning and subtitles are not always exactly what the characters say, but it’s still better than nothing. Especially since I […]

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Poisson d’avril

A French joke. Two cats were swimming across the English Channel – an English cat named One two three, and a French cat named Un deux trois. Which cat made it across the Channel first? The One two three cat won, because the un deux trois cat sank. Get it? Un deux trois quatre cinq… […]

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Forget-me-not

It’s strange the words you forget in your own language when living abroad. Usually my memory lapses only last for a minute, but there was one word that I could not remember for the past five months. I knew it didn’t really exist in France so I never bothered to search for it in the […]

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Etats-Unis

I frequently borrow childrens’ books from the local médiathèque, conveniently located two blocks from our apartment. David and I decided to borrow a book called Etats-Unis yesterday to see if it was accurate in its description of my country. We were reading through it together last night when we came across this sentence describing Thanksgiving: […]

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Success! I think…

I think I might receive a carte de séjour visiteur without having to return to the US and get another visa. I went to mairie today and they still had no idea what to do with me since they had never requested a CDS visiteur as a PACS conjointe before. They called the préfecture who, […]

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Australia

I have officially turned down the PhD position and scholarships in Perth. I was supposed to move there by the end of May. In two months. But I realized that a Phd in Public Health wasn’t really for me, and I didn’t want to do it if my heart wasn’t fully in it. So I […]

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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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