March = Spring = Sun = Motivation

I was pleasantly surprised by the weather yesterday. Now that March is here, it seems like spring is too. It was sunny and not raining for once, so I got to walk to work. I hope it stays this way and winter doesn’t come back because the sunshine gives me motivation to actually get things done. Plus I have less than 7 weeks of my job left, and then I go on a lot of fun trips this summer (Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Croatia, and Italy!)

Glorious sun

I am continuing with reviewing the online language communities, though I have to admit I’m only focusing on 4 or 5 since the rest did not have much free content or they were simply sites for finding language teachers. I’m most interested in ways to learn vocabulary and pronunciation online for free, without necessarily needing a teacher or having to pay for anything.

And I am still working on a new informal French video, though I can’t decide if I should focus on more reductions in speech or informal vocabulary missing from textbooks. Perhaps I’ll just do both!  The first video has been up for about 2 weeks and it already has over 1,300 views, so I hope I’m helping all of those people to understand spoken French.

The French Listening podcast now has 20 mp3s available, and I think I’m going to take a little break before I figure out what to do next. I’ve got lots of audio to transcribe for the next round – interview with David’s grandma about her family moving from Italy to France in 1931 to escape fascism and what Annecy was like during the war plus random conversations that are basically eavesdropping. I wanted to record natural speech without anyone knowing that I was in fact recording because people change the way they speak (they tend to use less slang and talk slower) when they know they’re being recorded. I tell them afterwards that I was recording, of course!

Lastly, I’ve decided to focus more on the multilingual aspect of the site and attempt to update the vocabulary lists as well as the comparative tutorials. I’m looking for a way to allow people to choose which languages they want to compare instead of keeping with the English-French-Italian-Spanish order that is currently available. Any coders/tech people know how to do this? Javascript maybe?  So for example, if someone wanted to compare just English-French-German, they would just need to choose those languages and the page would automatically generate with only those lists.

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  • http://www.anne-arnott.blogspot.com/ anne

    I love the video , just watched it.. and the lessons. I need motivation to go and have lessons.
    .-= anne´s last blog ..Spring is around the corner… =-.

  • http://www.anne-arnott.blogspot.com anne

    I love the video , just watched it.. and the lessons. I need motivation to go and have lessons.
    .-= anne´s last blog ..Spring is around the corner… =-.

  • http://emmygration.blogspot.com/ Emmy

    you’re doing such a great job Jennie. I love your vocab lessons and your commitment but I am starting to get freaked out by the amount of adverts on your blog! I have to really look for the blog post. What’s with the adverts in between the title and the post?! Just pointing it out.

    From a concerned and sometimes confused fellow blogger
    .-= Emmy´s last blog ..how to remind a daffodil that it’s a vase for one =-.

  • http://emmygration.blogspot.com Emmy

    you’re doing such a great job Jennie. I love your vocab lessons and your commitment but I am starting to get freaked out by the amount of adverts on your blog! I have to really look for the blog post. What’s with the adverts in between the title and the post?! Just pointing it out.

    From a concerned and sometimes confused fellow blogger
    .-= Emmy´s last blog ..how to remind a daffodil that it’s a vase for one =-.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie Wagner

    Thanks Anne!

    Emmy, I’m experimenting with Adsense because of my upcoming unemployment and fear that I will never find a job in France. The ads should only be at the bottom of the posts though – it’s only for older posts (at least a week) that it should appear between the title and post. And if you use a reader, it should also just appear at the very end.

  • http://www.ielanguages.com Jennie

    Thanks Anne!

    Emmy, I’m experimenting with Adsense because of my upcoming unemployment and fear that I will never find a job in France. The ads should only be at the bottom of the posts though – it’s only for older posts (at least a week) that it should appear between the title and post. And if you use a reader, it should also just appear at the very end.

  • http://espranglais.blogspot.com/ Melissa

    Jennie,

    I just checked out your video and think it’s great. It wasn’t until I moved to France that I started using reductions in French. All the work you’ve posted on this site is rather impressive and really useful for language learners (and ESL teachers). Thanks.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Confessions of a World Traveler in Thirteen Volumes: VOLUME II =-.

  • http://espranglais.blogspot.com/ Melissa

    Jennie,

    I just checked out your video and think it’s great. It wasn’t until I moved to France that I started using reductions in French. All the work you’ve posted on this site is rather impressive and really useful for language learners (and ESL teachers). Thanks.
    .-= Melissa´s last blog ..Confessions of a World Traveler in Thirteen Volumes: VOLUME II =-.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    Focus on the vocabulary missing from textbooks! That’s something my students always asked for (and not only for words such as “merde” and “c’est chiant” :lol:)

    The weather is also getting a bit better here. Too soon for real spring though.
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Stuffs Canadians Don’t Like (Part 1) =-.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    Focus on the vocabulary missing from textbooks! That’s something my students always asked for (and not only for words such as “merde” and “c’est chiant” :lol:)

    The weather is also getting a bit better here. Too soon for real spring though.
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Stuffs Canadians Don’t Like (Part 1) =-.

  • Nathan Marley

    Regarding the multi-language comparison, you could use javascript and css to hide/show the different languages. It really wouldn’t be too difficult a task.

    jQuery is great for stuff like this.

  • Nathan Marley

    Regarding the multi-language comparison, you could use javascript and css to hide/show the different languages. It really wouldn’t be too difficult a task.

    jQuery is great for stuff like this.

  • http://www.7jades.com/ 7jades

    The video is great! Thanks Anne. It will be really nice to focus on the vocabulary.

    Bises,
    7jades.

  • http://www.7jades.com 7jades

    The video is great! Thanks Anne. It will be really nice to focus on the vocabulary.

    Bises,
    7jades.

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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