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 asks (the teacher being the booming voice in the background). He has a particular sense of humor and makes some mistakes, such as conjugating verbs incorrectly. In the English episode, he kept talking about the pretty girl who wanted to take a language class and how he wanted to hold her hand and give her a bunch of flowers. I’ve seen the English DVDs at the médiathèque, but I’m not sure if they have the other languages – French, Italian, Spanish, German and even Swiss German!

Right before the language programs, there was an infomercial for Ellezza cream. I had seen this bizarre Spanish infomercial in the US last summer, and I still can’t believe people pay 80 € for a jar of face cream made out of snail slime. That is beyond weird.

But I did discover that certain shows on my Swiss channel can be watched in French or English. Unfortunately, the show earlier today was The Bold & the Beautiful. However, looking through TSR’s site, I also noticed that Switzerland appears to be more up-to-date with their American shows. CSI (Les Experts) is currently in season 7 in the US. The French channel is still showing season 4, while the Swiss channel just started showing season 7!

10:30 AM and I’ve already watched too much TV.

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    Hey, I just discovered your languages page as I was looking for something online to brush up my Swedish. It is incredibly concise and useful. Thank you!

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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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