Refocus on French & Languages

I’ve decided it is grand temps that I get organized and focused on learning languages again. I feel as though I’ve been too distracted and/or lazy lately. I haven’t finished nearly as much as I would have liked on my site and I certainly haven’t been studying the way I used to. So to begin, I’m going to refocus my blog topics and attempt to mostly stick to teaching & learning languages, especially French. Foreign languages is one of the few things I’m very passionate about and I love knowing that I can help others learn through the internet.  And since I can’t exactly teach French in France, I’m going to try my best to do it online and spread the love of Francophonie to everyone.

I will still post about Chambéry and the Alps from time to time, but if you’d like to see beautiful photos and videos from this area, then I suggest you head over to Cynthia’s blog at www.american-in-france.com.  I’m sure I’ll still find some aspects of French culture that boggle my mind, and of course I will keep everyone informed of my love affair with the préfecture and our rocky carte de séjour relationship. (Still no news after 7 months…) But most of my energy is going into helping people learn  languages, and HOW to learn them.

As for my website, I am continuing with the IPA for the French tutorials and uploading more listening resources (exercises to come… someday). I would also like to finish the comparative tutorials because there is a serious lack of multilingual learning material on the internet for those of us learning several languages at once.  Being bilingual will never be good enough for me!

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  • Stefanie

    Jennie, thanks so much for your site. It really helped me when I was applying to be an assistant last year and since coming to France, I’ve used some of your lesson plans with my students. Whenever I’m slacking on my French studying, coming to your site always motivates me. It’s a great resource. Thanks again!

  • Stefanie

    Jennie, thanks so much for your site. It really helped me when I was applying to be an assistant last year and since coming to France, I’ve used some of your lesson plans with my students. Whenever I’m slacking on my French studying, coming to your site always motivates me. It’s a great resource. Thanks again!

  • http://www.thewinefiles.blogspot.com/ Memoree

    I just want to say thank you for your wonderful website. Your tutorials have been so extremely helpful to me as a newcomer to France that I can’t thank you enough. What you are doing is incredibly valuable and I appreciate all the time you have put into it.

    Memoree Joelle-Scott

  • http://www.thewinefiles.blogspot.com Memoree

    I just want to say thank you for your wonderful website. Your tutorials have been so extremely helpful to me as a newcomer to France that I can’t thank you enough. What you are doing is incredibly valuable and I appreciate all the time you have put into it.

    Memoree Joelle-Scott

  • http://thejesspress.wordpress.com/ jessica

    Yes! Your site is lovely and chock full of helpful information.

    May I suggest/request a post theme? Something about developing written skills, i.e. style, punctuation, tone.

    My oral comprehension and production is rather good now. But I don’t quite feel wholy fluent in writing.

    Thank you and good luck at the préfet!
    .-= jessica´s last blog ..wednesday afternoons =-.

  • http://thejesspress.wordpress.com/ jessica

    Yes! Your site is lovely and chock full of helpful information.

    May I suggest/request a post theme? Something about developing written skills, i.e. style, punctuation, tone.

    My oral comprehension and production is rather good now. But I don’t quite feel wholy fluent in writing.

    Thank you and good luck at the préfet!
    .-= jessica´s last blog ..wednesday afternoons =-.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    By the way, one of the Websites I used a lot when I taught French was the free lessons at the University of Texas (it’s all online, look at Tex’s French Grammaire). My students loved it because it is well explained.
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Downtown Toronto =-.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    By the way, one of the Websites I used a lot when I taught French was the free lessons at the University of Texas (it’s all online, look at Tex’s French Grammaire). My students loved it because it is well explained.
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..Downtown Toronto =-.

  • http://islandgirl4ever2.blogspot.com/ Leesa

    Hey Jennie…

    Just wanted to drop by and say HI! That’s great of you to pick up your love of langs. again..
    Just one thing for your cds… Have you been by your sous pref/or pref. to ask if your card is in? The reason I ask is b/c we waited from June- Jan for my convocation and it never arrived… My friend had the same problem here in Antony, as well…
    She and her hubby stopped by our sous-pref. and asked about the card and it was noted as done but hadn’t yet been received in Antony yet… Neither of us got convocations in the mail this time around— Alex and I went in there about two weeks ago to ask about my cds. The woman checked the computer and said, “Oh, it’s here.” She gave us a piece of paper and told us we could go pick it up right then and there…
    So… short story— I think this year there was a big delay and then they got them all done and didn’t have time to get out the convocs…
    Go and check to see at least if it’s been made/received.. Maybe your pref./sous – pref. has the same issues as ours this year… You never know…
    Take care and have a great weekend…
    Oh yeh.. Have you been to Amersterdam? If so, do you know a good/inexpensive place to stay?? We’re going in April..
    Merci,
    Leese
    .-= Leesa´s last blog ..Brasil Carnaval in San Diego… 4th and B! =-.

  • http://islandgirl4ever2.blogspot.com Leesa

    Hey Jennie…

    Just wanted to drop by and say HI! That’s great of you to pick up your love of langs. again..
    Just one thing for your cds… Have you been by your sous pref/or pref. to ask if your card is in? The reason I ask is b/c we waited from June- Jan for my convocation and it never arrived… My friend had the same problem here in Antony, as well…
    She and her hubby stopped by our sous-pref. and asked about the card and it was noted as done but hadn’t yet been received in Antony yet… Neither of us got convocations in the mail this time around— Alex and I went in there about two weeks ago to ask about my cds. The woman checked the computer and said, “Oh, it’s here.” She gave us a piece of paper and told us we could go pick it up right then and there…
    So… short story— I think this year there was a big delay and then they got them all done and didn’t have time to get out the convocs…
    Go and check to see at least if it’s been made/received.. Maybe your pref./sous – pref. has the same issues as ours this year… You never know…
    Take care and have a great weekend…
    Oh yeh.. Have you been to Amersterdam? If so, do you know a good/inexpensive place to stay?? We’re going in April..
    Merci,
    Leese
    .-= Leesa´s last blog ..Brasil Carnaval in San Diego… 4th and B! =-.

  • http://www.franceprofonde.blogspot.com/ Betty C.

    Interesting to see your change of focus from “expat blog” to “language blog.” I have been reading a lot from Twitter links lately and have actually started a second blog about language teaching, but so far haven’t done much with it. I think I’ll get there, though.

    For the moment, I’m doing NaBloPoMo to force some life into La France Profonde, but I hope to get more involved with educational and EFL blogging.

    I’m sure we’ll meet up more in the future!
    .-= Betty C.´s last blog ..Amsterdam Four: A Night at the Ballet =-.

  • http://www.franceprofonde.blogspot.com Betty C.

    Interesting to see your change of focus from “expat blog” to “language blog.” I have been reading a lot from Twitter links lately and have actually started a second blog about language teaching, but so far haven’t done much with it. I think I’ll get there, though.

    For the moment, I’m doing NaBloPoMo to force some life into La France Profonde, but I hope to get more involved with educational and EFL blogging.

    I’m sure we’ll meet up more in the future!
    .-= Betty C.´s last blog ..Amsterdam Four: A Night at the Ballet =-.

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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