Petite Cabane à Sucre de Québec… à Annecy

David & I finally made it to the Marché de Noël at the Imperial Hotel in Annecy. Today was actually the very last day for it, so nothing like waiting to the last minute… I mostly just wanted to visit the Quebecois stands because I had been to the marché before and it’s usually swarmed with kids trying to talk to le Père Noël.

The Cabane à Sucre was so cute, and I wished I could stand there for hours listening to the adorable old ladies dressed in their red flannel shirts speak in their adorable Quebecois accents. We bought some maple syrup, of course, and some maple tea. The nice lady gave us some brochures for the shop in Quebec City, in case we ever wanted to visit. We mentioned that we were definitely going to Quebec in July, and that I had studied at Université Laval, and she gave us a free bag of maple syrup candy. She rocked.

Then we both bought tire d’érable on the way out. I didn’t mind that it dripped all over my hands and coat. I really needed that taste of North America, especially right now.

Snow + Tractor + Dog = Fun

It’s a good thing I wasn’t flying home this weekend… Even Brandy wasn’t liking all the snow… But Dad and John Deere came to the rescue… And made her a mountain to play on. You have no idea how much I wish I could play on that snow pile with her!

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Vacation time!

Classes are finished and grading is done! Vive les vacances!

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Christmas Vocabulary in French

Even Canaille gets into the Christmas spirit! Ok, he hated wearing the hat, but he still wants everyone to learn some French words for Christmas. You can listen to David reading the list:       Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël ! angel l’ange (m) bell la cloche / la clochette bow le nœud bulb la […]

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English Ad Slogans in Non-Anglophone Countries

This Spiegel article is about German of course, but just replace “Germany” and “German” with “France” and “French” and the outcome is the same. How Germans Really See English Ad Slogans: English is all the rage in Germany — the height of fashion, except that many people don’t understand it. Consumer groups would like to […]

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Thank You Mommy & Daddy

We received our Christmas packages from my parents! The only thing I really wanted was books from Amazon.com, but for some odd reason, they were shipped from New Zealand instead of the US. If you’re bad at geography, just know that New Zealand is as far away from France as you can possibly get on […]

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It snowed.

Wednesday morning, I saw this and was all excited: And then I looked down: I know it doesn’t look like much snow, but it was too much for my car. I was only able to go about two feet before it got stuck. Mine was the only car that couldn’t get out. Luckily I was […]

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No No No. I refuse to be sick.

Headaches, muscle pain & fatigue, sore throat, urge to vomit… And of course, these symptoms are the worst during my classes. Luckily the bathroom is next door and the students don’t think it’s weird when I run out of the room. Though the best part is having the urge to vomit while driving home on […]

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First Fondant au Chocolat

This is about as complicated as my cooking gets, mostly because I’m too lazy to look at the recipes before going to the store so I know what ingredients to buy… and also because I hate washing dishes afterward. But this weekend, thanks to Karina, I decided to make: Fondant au chocolat! So easy to […]

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Je suis en week-end ! Et la neige me manque…

I love having 3 day weekends. With my job, private lessons and baby-sitting, not to mention this awful rainy weather, I am exhausted. Only 2 more weeks until vacation! And once again, as soon as I complain about not having snow here, my parents get a ton of snow and make me even more jealous. […]

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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 January 2010, I started focusing more on teaching and learning languages in general. 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 the university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling (though now my trips are usually in Australia) and being an American abroad.

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