Observations & Questions

I’m still amazed that students cannot figure out that the American word vacation mean vacances. I know they’ve always been taught the British word holiday, but I thought they’d be able to understand it in context… Apparently I was wrong.

What is another way of saying “What else?” All of my students are getting into the habit of saying Nespresso every time I ask what else. Thanks a lot, George Clooney!

I’m trying to buy clothes from LaRedoute but I’m having trouble figuring out what some of the colors are because there aren’t any pictures. Glycine ? Vert bouteille ? Rose dragée ?

I’ve been playing Le Manoir aux Mille Questions on France5’s site (they’re supposed to be revision questions for elementary/middle school students, but I want to make sure I know this stuff too!) and I came across a geography question asking how many continents there were. The choices were 2, 5 or 6. Umm, I always learned there were 7 continents: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia & Antarctica. What do French kids learn? There are only 6 continents: America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, & Antarctica.

This weekend, I watched this adorable Frenchie (left) play tennis against this equally adorable Serb (right) in the Australian Open. I still don’t enjoy watching sports, but I liked listening to the Australian accents and thinking about living in Australia again…


While doing some French exercises online, I found some tests d’entrée for those wanting to immigrate to Quebec. There’s a lot of listening questions, but I couldn’t really concentrate on answering the questions correctly because I kept getting distracted (in a good way) by the Quebecois accent. And then I started thinking about living in Quebec again… ::sigh::

Why does LaPoste charge for “shipping” stamps in an envelope when Amazon can ship me books in boxes for free?

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  • Backinthegroove

    lol…I spent 3 french classes (langue de specialite) learning about the depth and meanings of colours..they are very into colours and shades..variations how strange!

  • Backinthegroove

    lol…I spent 3 french classes (langue de specialite) learning about the depth and meanings of colours..they are very into colours and shades..variations how strange!

  • Justin

    Hehe, that post made me smile. The six continent fact through me through a loop the first time I heard that. But it did help to put some sense to when my coworkers would tell me they had been to America, and then tell me Brazil when I asked where.And actually Amazon is getting in to a bit of trouble for shipping books for free in France due to the ‘Lang Law’ which protects smaller bookstores. You can read a little about it here: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/01/14/technology/amazon.php

  • Justin

    Hehe, that post made me smile. The six continent fact through me through a loop the first time I heard that. But it did help to put some sense to when my coworkers would tell me they had been to America, and then tell me Brazil when I asked where.

    And actually Amazon is getting in to a bit of trouble for shipping books for free in France due to the ‘Lang Law’ which protects smaller bookstores. You can read a little about it here: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/01/14/technology/amazon.php

  • Rose

    The continent thing is interesting for me. In my very first classes with the little ones, I asked them what countries speak English. “L’Amerique” was common. When I asked them to be specific, that “l’Amerique” refers to TWO continents and many countries, they didn’t quite understand. It’s totally two continents. They’re cut in half by the Panama Canal!On TV5 in the US, they show a Quebecois “Friends”-style comedy show that is subtitled in FRENCH because the accents and argot are so specific. Nifty! Bonne chance :)

  • Rose

    The continent thing is interesting for me. In my very first classes with the little ones, I asked them what countries speak English. “L’Amerique” was common. When I asked them to be specific, that “l’Amerique” refers to TWO continents and many countries, they didn’t quite understand.

    It’s totally two continents. They’re cut in half by the Panama Canal!

    On TV5 in the US, they show a Quebecois “Friends”-style comedy show that is subtitled in FRENCH because the accents and argot are so specific. Nifty! Bonne chance :)

  • Linda

    Isn’t that accent something? It makes me smile when I hear it. And where did that Frenchie come from in the Australian Tennis Open? I had never heard of him before and I watch a lot of tennis.

  • Linda

    Isn’t that accent something? It makes me smile when I hear it. And where did that Frenchie come from in the Australian Tennis Open? I had never heard of him before and I watch a lot of tennis.

  • Le Tigre

    LOL re the Netspresso! I didn’t get to see the Australian open except for footage on the news and it made me a bit nostalgic, especially as my sister actually went to the tennis to see a few games!

  • Le Tigre

    LOL re the Netspresso! I didn’t get to see the Australian open except for footage on the news and it made me a bit nostalgic, especially as my sister actually went to the tennis to see a few games!

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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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