La neige dans les montagnes

I took advantage of the new double-decker trains to take better pictures of the mountains on my way to work this week. It’s been getting a lot colder here lately and there’s snow on the mountains, but not in the valleys. I love seeing snow in one field, but green grass in the one just below:


Only two more days of work, then two days of packing, and I’ll be back in the US for Christmas. There had better be plenty of snow and Christmas decorations everywhere!

Visite médicale, times two

I went to Grenoble today for a medical visit required by the préfecture (or else no new carte de séjour). I had done the exact same thing last year when I first arrived in France, so at least I knew what to expect. But still, wasting 20 € and an entire day just to get […]

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Christmas Spirit

So France doesn’t go crazy with Christmas decorations like the US does, so I’ve been having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. We finally bought some decorations this weekend so I feel a little better. Garland (guirlande), lights (guirlande électrique), card (carte) from Teresa, poinsettia plant from Jessica, and Joyeux Noël […]

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School & Public Transportation Vocabulary

un débrayage – short stoppage in work, not necessarily caused by a strike. Can include short protests against something that cannot be changed, complete with speeches that cannot be heard over the noise of uninterested students happy to have an excuse to miss class. Also the cause of unexpected trous in one’s schedule (see below). […]

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Why I don’t prefer the US to France: High cost of university

Anyone else think this is unfair? I took a class in the spring term (May/June), so my loan went into deferment, supposedly until 2010 – the year my university listed as my graduation date. But that wasn’t correct since I graduated just after that spring term in August 2007. (And I thought loans were automatically […]

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English Teaching Assistantships in Europe for American citizens

Information and applications for the English teaching assistantships in Europe can be found at the following sites. You should have an intermediate knowledge of the language (French, Spanish, or German) but this really isn’t enforced for the French program… English Assistant in France Americans / Canadians / Australians / New Zealanders / CIEP Site Teach […]

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Crisis averted!

My website is back online!!!

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As if I didn’t have enough of a headache already…

I still haven’t got my website back online, but I think I found a new host. Now if only they would hurry up and send me my login details so I can upload files… Today’s drama is about my student loans, however. They were put into deferment in May when I went back to school […]

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GAHHHHHH!!!!!

My entire website is gone. My host decided to delete my account. I have no idea why. Here is the crappy e-mail I received: Hi,We are regret to inform you that your hosting account for domain ielanguages.com has been closed.due repeated email issues and per terms of conditions we closed this account.during the last 24 […]

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Success (sort of) again.

Is it weird that I actually don’t mind going to the préfecture? Since I had finally received my new arrêté de nomination and procès-verbal (six weeks late, but no biggie, right?!?), I had to head back to the préf and do another changement du statut from visiteur to travailleur temporaire. I was a tiny bit […]

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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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