International Animated Film Festival – June 9 to 14

I was downtown this morning running errands and I noticed some crews setting up equipment on the Pâquier. Then I remembered the International Animated Film Festival starts today. Oh yeah, that little thing…

The calm before the storm…

This Film Festival is the largest tourist attraction each year in Annecy. Tim Burton has attended in previous years (or so I’ve been told). Don’t plan on being able to find accommodation if you want to be a tourist this week. And you also cannot drink alcohol on the Pâquier after 7 PM, but you can start drinking again at 1 AM. Just so you know.

I’m a little confused why they wrote the dates in both British English (day then month) and American English (month then day): 09 to 14 june but 5-30-08?  And somebody forgot his English capitalization rules…

International means lots of flags. They just put up the American one as I walked by. (I think that man is wondering why I’m taking photos of them putting up flags. I wasn’t the only one though!)

They do make the canal look even prettier.

And this has nothing to do with the Film Festival, but I happened to walk by the new Subway and was excited when I saw the Ouvert sign. But then I realized that meant “open for business in general” and not “open right now so you can buy a sandwich at 9:30 AM.” There were no hours posted, so I don’t know how often they will be open. I’m hoping since it’s just a carry out place (there is absolutely no place to sit inside) that they will be open “non-stop” during the day. I get so annoyed at restaurants that are closed after 2 PM. Some of us never eat lunch at noon!

My Love Affair with the Préfecture: A Timeline

October 2006: Apply for first Carte de Séjour at Seynod mairie December 2006: Receive récépissé #1 in Seynod February 2007: Receive first CDS travailleur temporaire due to being a language assistant; but need to change adress on it already since I had moved. Since I stayed within the same département, a sticker with the new […]

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I hate the Euro

No, not the currency. The stupid soccer* tournament. Well, I do hate the euro currency too, but that’s another story… It starts today in less than 2 hours. (There’s actually a countdown on the official site.) David’s going to be glued to the TV and I’m going to be bored. France doesn’t play until Monday […]

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Guess who has the right to work in France now?

ME!!! I got my carte de séjour vie privée et familiale today! It says “autorise son titulaire à travailler” right on it. And it’s good until May 2009. I am beyond ecstatic!!! It has taken me almost two years and a lot of months wondering how I’d make it financially in France. I hope EU […]

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Changes!

Drivers in France: As of July 1, you must have a bright yellow vest and red triangle (gilet de sécurité et triangle de pré-signalisation) in your car at all times to use during an accident or if your car breaks down. The police will be doing random checks and if they discover that you do […]

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Not too far from Annecy

A train and bus collision in northern Haute-Savoie killed 7 children today. BBC: French train crash kills children Le Monde: Au moins sept enfants tués dans la collision entre un TER et un car en Haute-Savoie

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French Slang & Idiom Exercises

I love Hot Potatoes. I’ve been making some interactive matching, multiple choice, and gap-fill exercises to go with my Informal French & Slang page. Do you know what une tube is? How about potin? Pige? Toubib? Flotte? Check out the exercises here!

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Soccer and Geneva, you’re on my list.

I’m supposed to present at the European Writing Centers Association Conference at the University of Education in Freiburg, Germany, on June 21st. Two former colleagues from the University of Michigan-Flint Writing Center and I will be doing a 90 minute workshop titled “Tutors, Training and Border Crossings: Beyond the Textual Relationship.” I’ll be handling the […]

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Cultural Differences: Screens

So screens on windows just don’t exist in France. For someone who has an irrational fear of bugs that sting, this is a big problem. I don’t like to keep the windows open even when it’s warm outside because I hate how many bugs get in the apartment, and also because I’m afraid the cat […]

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Books for 2 €

For those who like to read, but are dirt poor like me, Librio publishes books for 1-3 € each. You can find several famous French works, as well as English works translated into French. (But check Project Gutenberg first if you want to download non-copyright protected works for free.) Their collections include literature, poetry, theatre, […]

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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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