About Jennie


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Jennie has written 694 articles so far, you can find them below.


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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No work

For the fifth time in 10 weeks, my first class on Monday was cancelled and no one told me. The teacher even told me last week that the second class would be cancelled, but that the first one would be there. I actually don’t really mind though because it gave me an excuse to be […]

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Sorry I’ve been neglecting you, blog.

France celebrated Daylight Savings Time this morning, so now I am back to being 6 hours apart from Michigan. I checked my details on the CAF website yesterday, and I will be receiving 650 € for the months of November to February! No word yet if David and I will receive anything since we’re PACSed […]

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Great weekend

David and I were officially PACSed yesterday, March 16! I also received more information from the CAF, so they may be helping with rent soon. Four more weeks of work! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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March…

There are only 4 weeks of class left before the spring vacation. Then I work for 2 weeks and 1 day and I am finished! I do enjoy teaching, but I’m starting to feel restless for this summer to arrive. Luckily the weather has been mild this winter, but I am dying for some hot […]

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Bonne Année !

So much has happened in the past two months. I spent Christmas and New Year’s in France with my boyfriend’s family. My vacation was a little hectic because I got sick twice and I even missed the first week back at work in January because I had a horrible flu. But I did manage to […]

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Two months

I can’t believe it’s almost December. The past 2 months have flown by. I’ve already received my second paycheck and there are only 3 more full weeks of class before Christmas vacation. I’ve been really enjoying my work here in France. The teachers and students are nice, and a lot of them earnestly want to […]

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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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