Lost: Motivation

I had intended to work on my website during vacation, but my lack of motivation is astounding. I keep thinking about next semester and what I should be doing to prepare for it even though it doesn’t start until January 18. Then I think about the summer and what I should be doing to prepare for trips in June & July. Then I start thinking about next fall and what type of job I can get… I can’t seem to think about right now. I don’t know if it’s the bad weather, the homesickness due to the holidays or just my pessimistic, depressive outlook on life in general that is causing me to lounge around all day and waste time online NOT doing what I feel like I should be doing.

I couldn’t even finish this post yesterday when I started writing it…

Back to studying German, I suppose. Even though I live in France, want to become a French citizen and one day teach French to Anglophones, I prefer to study German at the moment.

Dreaming of a White Christmas…

Il a neigé sur Chambéry hier ! / It snowed in Chambery yesterday! The parking lot yesterday when the snow started The parking lot this morning Someone didn’t know what to think about the white flakes My poor little car (the roads and sidewalks are not salted or cleared at all) I tried to make […]

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Germany = Christmas

I’m officially on Christmas vacation, except for a few things to grade and absences to count up for my labs. Now I can finally start answering all the e-mails that have been sitting in my Inbox forever. I really want to work on my French tutorials and add a listening section, but Christmas always put […]

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Fahrenheit vs. Celsius

Sometimes I don’t think I will ever get used to non-American measurements. The Metric system and Celsius degrees are much more logical, but it’s not what I spent most of my life using and even after years of living in the country that was the first to adopt the Metric system, I still find it […]

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French Christmas Songs

Learn French through Christmas songs! La chanson en cours de FLE has a few listening activities for the first 3 songs if you want to test yourself. Petit Papa Noël Vive le Vent (Jingle Bells) Mon Beau Sapin (Oh Christmas Tree) Douce Nuit (Silent Night) Au Royaume du Bonhomme Hiver (Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland)

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Oh Tiny Christmas Tree

Trees here are so oddly-shaped and small, but it smells like pine and that’s good enough for me. That is an elephant ornament as a topper. A teacher at my first lycée back in 2006 gave it to me. And since Chambéry is the elephant city, I think it’s fitting.

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Le Marché de Noël à Chambéry

I have to say the marché here is a little depressing. It’s very small and there aren’t many decorations or interesting things to buy. Plus the weather is just awful, so I’m sure that contributed to my dislike of the marché. Shoving your way through the crowd is bad enough when it’s not raining and […]

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Le Téléthon 2009 à Annecy

I had completely forgotten that the Téléthon would be in Annecy this year. France2 is showing live video from the lake right now. It is nice to see the pretty buildings and mountains on TV, but I’m still glad to no longer live there.  It is a great place to visit though, especially in the […]

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Free Audiobooks in Foreign Languages

Listen, listen, listen! Some of these sites also include the text and translation into English. French: audiocite.net and litteratureaudio.com Italian: radio.rai.it Spanish: albalearning.com and leerescuchando.net German: vorleser.net Dutch: radioboeken.be and biblioo.nl

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World AIDS Day

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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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