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Kentucky Fried Chicken in France

It’s Sunday and we have no food in the apartment because it’s Sunday and no stores are open. Ok, some stores are open in the morning on Sundays, but they are so crowded that I hyperventilate just thinking about it. A KFC opened in Chambéry a few months ago and I was actually curious to […]

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My American Market

Win a 40–euro gift basket of your favorite American treats! Are you struggling to satisfy your cravings because you are: –  Embarrassed to ask your family and friends for one more favor? –  Fed up with products that melted or broke during the transatlantic trip? –  Worn out from having to rush around Paris, search […]

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Trois ans ensemble

Aujourd’hui, c’est notre anniversaire de trois ans ! Je t’aime, mon prince !

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French Newspapers from 1919 and 1938-1942

A little history lesson thanks to David’s grandma who didn’t throw these newspapers away (that we just discovered in the storage space this weekend!) Conditions of the WWI peace treaties were decided in May 1919. (Women’s suffrage is just a teaser. That wouldn’t actually happen until 1944.) The Treaty of Versailles was signed June 28, […]

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Just another October 31st

I didn’t decorate for Halloween this year, didn’t buy any candy and didn’t carve a pumpkin. It really doesn’t feel like Halloween at all. But fall is definitely here. David & I went to the marché this morning after stopping by the optician to order my new glasses and contacts (for a grand total of […]

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Television is Educational (especially when it’s in another language)

Just for (nerdy) fun, I wrote down all the Québécois words that were spoken in 3 episodes of Catherine as well as their “standard French” counterparts that appeared in the subtitles. Québec France   Québec France platte chiant   gang bande chaudière seau   napkinne serviette de table écœurer dégoûter   pantoute pas du tout […]

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Réaffirmer la fierté d’être français

Eric Besson, France’s Minister of Immigration, said in an interview yesterday that he wants French people to be  proud of their country and their nationality. He wants young people to sing La Marseillaise at least once per year and he wants adults to take civic instruction classes. He’s going to conduct a two month national […]

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Zoom sur Annecy

TF1 just did a reportage on Annecy, the lake and the possible Winter Olympics in 2018. You can watch the video at their site. It’s about 15 minutes long and even if you don’t understand French, it’s still worth it to look at all the pretty scenery. “Le 13 heures vous emmène en balade aux […]

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Talk Out Loud!

It’s vacation time already! I have 11 days off thanks to Toussaint. Then there are only 7 weeks left of the semester (one of which is shortened by the jour férié on November 11) after that. Time flies when you’re having fun, eh? I wish I could do this job forever. I know my next […]

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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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