Back in the USA

I’m currently in Michigan. I spent two days in London before flying home. It was fun to be back in that city, but I was a bit lonely. My friend Jess was able to hang out for a little while, so that was nice of her. I’ll upload the pictures when I get back to France next Thursday.

I really need to sort out the rest of my clothes and books and see how much I can carry back across the ocean with me. I’m seeing most of old friends on Friday night, and then heading to my cousin’s wedding on Saturday. Sunday is Mother’s Day here in the US, so I’ll be spending some time with my mom. I’m not sure what I’m doing on Monday or Tuesday yet, but I’ll be leaving for the airport at noon on Wednesday.

I won’t be able to work on my website while I’m here, but I’ll be bringing tons of language books back with me. I plan on working non-stop on my site this summer.

Another assistant here in Annecy has already received an e-mail saying that she was accepted for renewal next year. She knows she’ll be in the académie de Grenoble again, but she doesn’t know in what city. I hope I receive an e-mail soon… I’m going crazy not knowing if I have a job this fall. At least David is doing a different job now, so he’s making a little more money, but it still would be nice to have my own income.

About the elections, I think we all knew that Sarkozy would win on Sunday… now let’s wait and see what he actually does in power… Here’s hoping that he doesn’t kick PACSed foreigners out of the country.


I said goodbye to a lot of good friends this past weekend. They’re all returning to their home countries soon. Fortunately not everyone had to go. The lucky EU citizens can stay here as long as they’d like, so my British and Irish friends are still sticking around for the summer. Monday was my very […]

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Coming to an end

David and I finally were able to record an mp3 for the Informal French & Slang page. We’ve only done the first section so far (Informal Ways of Speaking) but we will continue to add more audio files throughout the summer. Today was the last day of work at one of my schools. I did […]

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Today was the presidential election in France. Well, round one anyway. There are twelve candidates total this time, but only two move on to the next round. (However, if a candidate manages to get over 50% of the vote in round one, s/he becomes president and there is no round two.) Big surprise… Sarkozy (Right) […]

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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 […]

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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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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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