Greetings from Slovenia

Slovenia is lovely! We are staying in Portoroz and walked to Piran this afternoon. The weather is gorgeous and the scenery is beautiful. I’d like to spend more time here but we have to go to Italy tomorrow to get on our Greek isles & Turkey cruise. This is the last day I’ll have free wifi so I may not update the blog again until I return home – though I also have my Kindle with 3G with me so I will be able to update Twitter.

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This is the first time I am posting to the blog using my iPod and the WordPress app so I hope it works correctly!

Annual Vacation: I will return June 5

It’s vacation time! I will be traveling through Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece and Turkey for the next two weeks. I won’t have much (cheap/free) internet access after Sunday so I’m not sure if I’ll be able to update the blog while I’m gone and I will be even further behind on replying to e-mails. […]

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Top 100 Language Lovers Blogs: Voting Starts Today at Lexiophiles

Lexiophiles’ Language Lovers 2011 competition is now open for voting. This year the four categories are: – Language Learning Blogs – Language Professionals Blogs – Language Facebook Pages – Language Twitterers Since I won 3rd place overall last year (in the Top 100 Language Blogs) and 2nd place in the Top 100 Language Learning Blogs, my blog was automatically […]

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Starting my PhD in Languages and Linguistics… in Australia

Here’s another secret that I’ve been keeping for a while: I’m moving to Australia in a few months to start my PhD in Languages and Linguistics. I received a scholarship that pays all of the tuition fees as well as a living allowance for three years. My research will be on the teaching of French […]

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Thank You André and Rest in Peace

My father-in-law, André, passed away yesterday. He was a very kind man and a devoted husband, father and grandfather. A few months ago, he helped contribute to the French Listening Resources mp3s by answering a few questions on French cuisine, traveling around the world and France’s national holiday. I hope that his words, spoken with his […]

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French Language Tutorial (2nd edition) Now Available

The 2nd edition of French Language Tutorial is now available! This is a major update from the first edition, available in either PDF format or as a coil-bound paperback. Changes from the first edition: Much more vocabulary and sample sentences, such as asking for help, giving advice, expressing opinions, likes & dislikes, etc. New order […]

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Numbers and Counting: American vs. French

I’m still endlessly fascinated by cultural differences between the US/North America and France/Europe that most people probably don’t spend much time thinking about. A McDonald’s commercial on French TV got me thinking about numbers and counting in other languages and cultures.  You learn quickly that Europe uses the 24 hour clock for schedules and the […]

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Comparative Grammar of the French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Languages

My new favorite book. Published in 1868! 400 pages of comparative goodness. Verb conjugations (we really should bring back thou hadst and the T-V distinction in English!) There’s even vocabulary at the end, though the words are not grouped thematically like they are in The Loom of Language. I’ve also ordered A Comparative Practical Grammar […]

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Female Polyglots and Language Learners – Where Are You?

The lovely Susanna, author of Language is Music, and I were talking about the lack of female polyglots online even though most language classes have higher enrollment of women than men and many language teachers are female rather than male. Most polyglots online – especially on YouTube – are men and we can’t seem to […]

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Getting Used to Being an American Abroad (and Realizing that 30 Degrees is Hot)

The weather has been gorgeous in France this past week and I’ve been looking at the forecast everyday hoping that the sunshine sticks around for a while. Yet every time I watch the météo on TV or check the prévisions on meteofrance.com, I always have to stop for a moment and convert the Celcius degrees […]

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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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