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 the planet. Compared to Auckland, New York is practically next door to France, so I can’t see the reasoning behind it, unless it’s some elaborate scheme to charge a ridiculous amount for shipping…

For the other package I had to go to the post office and pick it up because they would not deliver it. It was too encombrant (bulky) for them to bother, apparently. I even had to go to a different part of the post office to get it because they couldn’t bring it out to the counter. Just because the box weighed a measly 32.25 pounds. My arms were burning and I was sweating by the time I got home (which is only two city blocks away). It took about an hour for my arms to stop shaking afterwards, but it was so worth it.

Stuffing mix, pumpkin pie mix, Easy Cheese, Oreos, peanut butter, pudding, a block of CHEDDAR CHEESE, root beer, more language books, and stockings filled with goodies for everyone! (I promise we didn’t open the wrapped goodies yet, mom. Except the Oreos, obviously…)

David also got the waterproof Dickie boots he wanted since it’s actually cheaper to buy shoes in the US than have them shipped from Paris. He’s a size 13 American / 48 European which is nearly impossible for him to find here. He finally got to walk in the snow without his feet freezing!

Canaille has been sniffing the stockings a lot, but he seems to be most thankful for the box.

Thank you!!!

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 […]

Full Story »

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 […]

Full Story »

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 […]

Full Story »

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. […]

Full Story »

(Almost) Ready for Christmas

Christmas decorations are up.  Presents have been bought. Cards have been sent. Music is playing nonstop. We’re getting a real tree this week. Vacation starts in 3 weeks. I am so ready for Christmas. Now where is my snow??? My doigts are croisés that it will look like this in Annecy, but somehow I don’t […]

Full Story »

Just another Thursday

The day I always feel the most homesick is almost over. I’m ready for Christmas season in more ways than one. Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it, and especially to those who can’t.

Full Story »

Noël des Alpes ● Christmas Festivities in Annecy 2008

We received a booklet explaining all of the Christmas festivities in Annecy and I was extremely excited to see that the Brasserie des Rennes is offering la cuisine québécoise this year! And there will be traditional Quebecois music AND a Cabane à Sucre where I will be able to eat maple toffees!!!  Here’s the official […]

Full Story »

More Free Language Resources Online

Publisher Websites. A lot of publishing companies have companion websites for their foreign language textbooks. Most offer extra exercises in grammar and vocabulary, while some even offer free downloads of  mp3s and a sample chapter. McGraw-Hill World Languages: Free audio downloads to accompany textbook & workbook (in the Student Edition section) Heinle World Languages: Mostly […]

Full Story »

Remember how I complained about English words in French?

Loan words are definitely not helping my students learn English vocabulary. They were supposed to write partitive expressions to make uncount nouns countable on the test last week. All of the images they had to identify were used in their daily lessons, so they should have known which words to use. The correct answer is […]

Full Story »

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.

Support ielanguages.com

The 2nd edition of French Language Tutorial is available as a PDF book. It has been updated with much more vocabulary, sample sentences, and cultural information, plus extended vocabulary lists, cross-referenced topics, and an alphabetical index.

Visit the Store to buy the PDF e-book for $14.95 or paperback book for $29.95.