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 travailler, à lire, et à écrire en anglais. Je suis en France depuis un an et franchement, j’ai honte. J’ai honte d’avoir toujours du mal à parler avec ma famille française et surtout au téléphone avec n’importe qui.

Je voulais étudier en France quand j’étais à l’université, mais je n’avais pas les moyens. C’est vrai que j’ai passé six semaines à Québec dans un programme de français langue étrangère… cependant, je n’ai parlé qu’anglais à ce moment-là. Si seulement j’avais étudié en France, ma vie serait plus facile aujourd’hui. Mais je suppose que je serais même plus pauvre, donc je ne sais pas vraiment.

A part ça, je me sens un peu triste parce qu’une autre américaine a réussi à renouveler son contrat avec le rectorat. J’attends toujours la réponse de celui-ci. En tout cas, je gagne assez d’argent avec mon site/baby-sitting/les cours privés pour payer le loyer. Il n’est pas possible de faire des économies, mais c’est mieux que rien.

Je viens de recevoir un mail qui m’a remonté le moral. La femme dont le mari travaille pour l’I.A. m’a dit que je devrais être en tête (ou à peu près) de liste. Il y a peu de chance que je travaille au même lycée, mais on ne sait jamais. On n’a pas encore de nouvelles du deuxième assistant qui vient de Trinité et Tobago…

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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Recent Happenings

The new assistant at my old school arrives today! I’m way too excited about this. I’m heading to the gare soon to pick her up and bring her back here. I just hope Canaille lets her sleep and doesn’t attack her feet all night like he does with mine… Plus I get to tell her […]

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Customer Serwhat?

I hate you, French customer service. It’s as if you don’t even exist here. Oh Conforama, why did it take two weeks instead of a few days to give us our new bookcase? The receipt clearly stated we could pick it up the 23rd of AUGUST, not the 7th of SEPTEMBER. What’s that? You want […]

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The Rudeness.

There’s one type of French people that I cannot stand. Those people who think they have every right to tell you that what you are doing/thinking is not right. They are nosy, pushy, and they jump to conclusions too fast and too often. They are condescending, arrogant, and just plain mean. I hate these people. […]

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Why French Grammar is Hard

Sam’s recent post about the three nouns in French that are masculine when singular, yet feminine when plural (amour, délice, orgue) got me thinking about other ridiculous grammar rules in French. So I give you (some of the) reasons why French grammar is a cruel joke for those trying to learn it: 1. Use of […]

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Possible good news

I talked to the responsable at my old school (Lycée Charles Baudelaire) this morning, and he’s going to try to get me a job this year. Apparently there’s a meeting at the end of September (before the assistants start), so he’ll do what he can. Croisez les doigts pour moi ! Through the magic of […]

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Cosette no more

I took my new kitty to the vet today to get checked out, only to discover to that she is a he. The vet even had a hard time telling that it was male, but yeah, my Cosette needed a new name. Apparently in France, you’re supposed to name your pets according to which Letter […]

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Drinky drinks.

Why is there no plain iced tea in France??? I do not want your stupid Peach-flavored Ice Tea, Lipton. Can’t you sell anything else in this country? I can’t even find regular green tea in the store. Some people don’t like mint or lemon! ::sigh:: And why do so many people like drinking l’eau pétillant […]

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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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