Two weeks later

What have I been able to accomplish in the past two weeks? You would think quite a lot since I have no real job and plenty of free time. But that really doesn’t matter when you have to wait and wait and wait for things to be done by the French bureaucracy.

Still no new carte de séjour (though I was assured it was in Paris on June 26). Which means I still haven’t been able to change my address at the préfecture, nor have I been able to apply for my French driver’s license. I did manage to retrieve my new glasses and contacts though, as well as declare a primary physician. But of course, still no response from the rectorat of Grenoble about renewing my assistantship for next year. Apparently everyone has gone on vacation even earlier than normal.

I was finally able to finish the first page of my French & Italian comparative tutorial though! It seems like I’ve been working on it forever. Hopefully there are people out there who like learning more than one language at a time and will find it useful. I can definitely say studying Italian by comparing it to French has helped me much more than comparing it to English.

Thiou River

I took a little stroll along the Thiou river yesterday. It’s the shortest river in France at 3.5 km long. It connects the lake in Annecy (cleanest lake in Europe) to the Fier river, and is also featured in every touristic photo ever taken in Annecy because it makes up the cute little canals in […]

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Les Nouveaux Assistants

I still read the forums at assistantsinfrance.com everyday, seeing if I can answer any questions about the program. Recently I discovered the Facebook group too (when did Facebook get so annoyingly popular??) so now I’m spending even more time not doing the things I should be doing, a.k.a improving my French. But if I can […]

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Les argots

More and more, I’m starting to believe that there is a secret society that banishes authors from teaching real French in any books. French has such an astounding number of slang words and expressions, as well as a spoken form that is sometimes nearly unrecognizable from the written form, that I truly believe this entire […]

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Just another day in France

Happy 4th of July! The Fourth of July at NPR

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Les Soldes

The semi-annual sales are taking place right now in France. The government allows stores to have sales twice a year, once in January and once in July. I didn’t feel like shopping much in January when I had the worst flu of my life, so I decided to take advantage of the second round of […]

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July 1, 1867

Happy Canada Day! Canada Day Quiz from CBC News

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Good news

I went to the optician this morning to choose my frames (ma monture). I’m getting new glasses and new contacts for a year, for a grand total of 130 €. I could have even gotten a second pair of glasses (prescription sunglasses, for example) for only 14 €, but I don’t need them. Go Mutuelle […]

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La Fête de la Musique

The first day of summer is celebrated by la fête de la musique everywhere in France. Big cities have huge outdoor celebrations for all sorts of music. The one in Paris is televised, of course. Since I live in a suburb of Annecy, the local fête here was rather small – it was actually nothing […]

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Success

David received an attestation from Alliance Française today. He passed the tests to do the formation to become certified to teach French as a Foreign Language. He should receive the first of six modules next month, which I will also be reading through and studying because I’m a nerd: 1. Linguistique appliquée à l’enseignement du […]

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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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