No work

For the fifth time in 10 weeks, my first class on Monday was cancelled and no one told me. The teacher even told me last week that the second class would be cancelled, but that the first one would be there. I actually don’t really mind though because it gave me an excuse to be outside in the afternoon (the weather is really nice again). And I really shouldn’t complain since I will still be paid the same, regardless of how many hours I actually worked.

Even though I’m tired of dealing with my teenage students, I will really miss this job after April. And having an income. I feel so bad that David has to work two jobs just to be able to afford his own bills, and now he’ll have to support me as well during the summer since I won’t have the right to work in this country.

And even when I do get the right to work, there’s no guarantee I will be able to find a job easily. My biggest concern is that I won’t be able to speak French well enough. I do plan on studying French very intensively during the summer (especially since I will have nothing else to do…), but I wonder how much I will learn on my own. I know I should take some conversation classes, but that costs money. Money that I must save for rent and food.

At least I think we will be ok through the end of June. We’re giving notice to the rental agency that we’re moving in 3 months. I do like this apartment, but David and I want to live by ourselves. It will be difficult to find a new place though since CAF most likely won’t help us anymore starting in July. At least they’re giving us 130 € from April to June though.

Sorry I’ve been neglecting you, blog.

France celebrated Daylight Savings Time this morning, so now I am back to being 6 hours apart from Michigan. I checked my details on the CAF website yesterday, and I will be receiving 650 € for the months of November to February! No word yet if David and I will receive anything since we’re PACSed […]

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Great weekend

David and I were officially PACSed yesterday, March 16! I also received more information from the CAF, so they may be helping with rent soon. Four more weeks of work! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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There are only 4 weeks of class left before the spring vacation. Then I work for 2 weeks and 1 day and I am finished! I do enjoy teaching, but I’m starting to feel restless for this summer to arrive. Luckily the weather has been mild this winter, but I am dying for some hot […]

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Bonne Année !

So much has happened in the past two months. I spent Christmas and New Year’s in France with my boyfriend’s family. My vacation was a little hectic because I got sick twice and I even missed the first week back at work in January because I had a horrible flu. But I did manage to […]

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Two months

I can’t believe it’s almost December. The past 2 months have flown by. I’ve already received my second paycheck and there are only 3 more full weeks of class before Christmas vacation. I’ve been really enjoying my work here in France. The teachers and students are nice, and a lot of them earnestly want to […]

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Salzburg, Austria

This past weekend I went to Salzburg with a few other assistants. We rented a car and drove there and it took 12 long hours. But Austria was just as beautiful as I remembered it. I would love to live in the Austrian countryside someday. Attempting to speak German after not studying it for 5 […]

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Vacation already?

I have two weeks of vacation coming up: les vacances de Toussaint. I don’t work again until November 6. I don’t know if I’ll go anywhere since I still haven’t been paid, but it’s nice to have a vacation already! I might go to Grenoble to visit a friend, or maybe Lyon because I’ve heard […]

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Three weeks later

I’ve been in France for 3 weeks now. I love it here. Annecy is so beautiful and the mountains are always in sight. I’ve made some good friends with the other language assistants and work is fun. I like all of the English teachers I work with and the students are enthusiastic about learning English. […]

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Bonjour !

Je suis arrivée en France ! J’habite à Seynod, une banlieue d’Annecy. J’ai acheté un téléphone portable et j’ai ouvert un compte bancaire hier. Je me suis bien installée ici. I have arrived in France! I live in Seynod, a suburb of Annecy. I bought a cell phone and opened a bank account yesterday. I […]

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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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