Website Updates

I’ve uploaded the Informal French & Slang page. David will be helping me to add sample sentences and sound files soon.

I’ve also joined the affiliate program at Champs-Elysées, so if you’re planning on buying the French, Italian, Spanish or German audiomagazines, please use my links.

I’m currently working on a French & Italian comparative tutorial. But I have no idea when it will be done since I should really finish my Master’s thesis first… The next comparative tutorial I write will be French & German.

Le Plateau des Glières

On Friday, David and I drove up to the Plateau des Glières, the famous hiding location of the French Resistance fighters during WWII. There’s a Resistance Monument, a few restaurants, and several hiking trails on the plateau. David had heard about Chez Constance and their delicious meals of beignets, so we decided to head there […]

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How did I miss learning this?

Friday the 13th is a LUCKY day in France. I don’t know why I never learned that before. David never knew that it is an unlucky day in the US. Now he finally understands why that horror movie was called Friday the 13th.

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television / la televisione

I just watched the cutest language programs on the local channel here, TV8 Mont-Blanc. They’re part of the Victor Ebner immersion series. I learned how to enroll in a language school in British English and how to describe a hotel room in Italian. Each episode includes Victor, the animated character, answering questions that his teacher […]

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Les Gorges du Fier

The Fier River leads west out of Annecy, towards Rumilly. In between the two cities, there is a neat little tourist attraction called Les Gorges du Fier. Basically, the water has carved deep gorges into the rock, and you can walk through them on a little platform. David and I spent the day there taking […]

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On est allé au Semnoz.

I spent today on a mountain. The weather was gorgeous, so David and I drove up the Semnoz (all the way to the top where there is still snow), and then came back down to have a picnic in the grass. We watched little children play soccer, dogs happily chase after sticks, and les parapentistes […]

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Sous-Titrages

I finally figured out how to turn the subtitles on! It only involved pushing random buttons on the remote for 15 minutes and then pushing 888. How easy. I mean, doesn’t everyone know that 888 means subtitles in France? I just watched two episodes of Bones and understood almost everything. Je suis contente ! Edit: […]

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Il est midi.

Every first Wednesday of the month at noon, each French commune plays the evacuation/air raid alarms from WWII. I love the historical significance of it and that the French have not forgotten the war. But still, it’s a very creepy sound.

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CC

Every time I borrow a DVD from the médiathèque, I always check first to see if there are subtitles in French because reading while listening helps increases my comprehension and vocabulary. I know that closed captioning and subtitles are not always exactly what the characters say, but it’s still better than nothing. Especially since I […]

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Poisson d’avril

A French joke. Two cats were swimming across the English Channel – an English cat named One two three, and a French cat named Un deux trois. Which cat made it across the Channel first? The One two three cat won, because the un deux trois cat sank. Get it? Un deux trois quatre cinq… […]

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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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