The good and the bad.

I received my French driver’s license! David is going to start teaching me how to drive a manual car this weekend. I still need to learn French road signs and all that too. What is up with the weird priorité à droite with little side streets? Why don’t cars on the main road have the priorité?

My website crashed last night because the bandwidth was exceeded. I thought I had unlimited bandwidth, but apparently that means 50 GB a month. I bought more bandwidth, but I don’t know when the site will be back up. I’m losing money because of this (Google Ads…) and I’m not happy!

Plus I have a stuffy nose and my head feels all congested. I do believe I’m getting sick. Blah.

I arrived in France one year ago today. This was the very first picture I took, on the drive between Lyon and Grenoble:


EDIT: Site’s back up and I now have 100 GB of bandwidth each month!

La Poste

I have a love/hate relationship with the post office in France. On the one hand, their trucks are a cute yellow color and the new cow stamps are so adorable. Seriously, there’s one cow singing “Ne meuuh quitte pas…” and another says “Oh, mais quel joli timbre!” (Ne me quitte pas means don’t leave me; […]

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Not a bad day(s)

After the relief of being “hired” as an assistant again, I suddenly got a stroke of ambition and started planning out the entire year’s worth of lessons. Since I’m teaching at a different school this year, I can use the same lessons as last year, but I want to improve them a little and add […]

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E-mail from the rectorat of Grenoble

Nous avons le plaisir de vous proposer un poste en tant qu’assistante de langue anglaise dans l’académie de Grenoble. That’s right, I got renewed!!!!!! Yay for having an income again! The only sucky thing is that it’s an hour from here by train. Plus my two schools are not close together, so I can’t walk […]

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Waiting Situations

Short update on how things never change here: Six weeks and no new carte de séjour or French driver’s license. Big surprise. Still no news from the rectorat either. I just have to wait until someone in Haute-Savoie quits or doesn’t show up, so that means another few weeks of waiting. At least my old […]

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Please enter the 21st century, France.

David did another concours test today so he can find a new job. He had to use the Minitel in order to take it! The Minitel. Which was popular in the 80’s. Apparently the direction du travail has not heard of the actual internet… Then I saw this dude on the news tonight. He’s Bernard […]

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De la part de Canaille

Salut ! Je m’appelle Canaille. Et je suis une vraie canaille. J’aime bien casser les vases et grimper sur les rideaux. Je fais pipi sur le lit tout le temps, mais malheureusement, ma mère ferme la porte de la chambre pour que je ne puisse plus entrer. J’adore gémir quand je sens la bouffe, quand […]

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Il faut !

Il faut que je fasse plus d’efforts de parler en français, donc voilà, j’écris en français. Avec l’arrivée de Jessica (qui parle vachement bien français), je me suis rendue compte que j’ai été trop paresseuse cette année. Je parle à peine français, même avec David, et je passe la plupart du temps à penser, à […]

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Maybe, just maybe…

Jessica and I went to Baudelaire today so she could meet some of the English teachers and find her way around the school. I hadn’t been back there since April 30, my last day of work, so it was really good to see the teachers again. I saw a lot of my old students, most […]

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Double grrrrrrrr

I received this on Monday evening from the rectorat: Assistante d’anglais en 2006-2007 dans l’académie de Grenoble, vous avez fait une demande de renouvellement pour effectuer une deuxième année d’assistanat à la rentrée 2007. Pourriez-vous nous dire, très rapidement, si vous êtes toujours intéressée par un poste en tant qu’assistante de langue. Veuillez recevoir, mademoiselle, […]

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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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