Happy Independence Day, USA!

See you in two weeks!!!

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The True North strong and free!

Happy Canada Day to my Canadian friends and to those who just love all things Canadian (like me)! I’ve been listening to the national anthem (in English and French, of course) and poking around canada.com for a while now. This linguistics-related article was interesting: Canuck-speak like learning a new language Oh, Bob & Doug, I’ve […]

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How much does your best friend love you?

Mine sent me this, and it was a total surprise because he had never sent me anything before: Bradley, I miss you so much. But see you (and the unicorns!) in July!!!

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Multilingual is always better than monolingual

From the New York Times: Nashville Won’t Make English Official Language By ROBBIE BROWN Published: January 22, 200 Nashville voters on Thursday rejected a proposal to make English the city’s official language and largely to prevent government workers from communicating in other languages. The proposal was introduced by Eric Crafton, a metropolitan councilman. It was […]

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It’s been one full day.

Hey, why isn’t the world fixed yet?

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Appareil à Hot Dog

I saw this at Darty tonight and it made me laugh. A hot dog in a baguette is just wrong.

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Thank You Mommy & Daddy

We received our Christmas packages from my parents! The only thing I really wanted was books from Amazon.com, but for some odd reason, they were shipped from New Zealand instead of the US. If you’re bad at geography, just know that New Zealand is as far away from France as you can possibly get on […]

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Just another Thursday

The day I always feel the most homesick is almost over. I’m ready for Christmas season in more ways than one. Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it, and especially to those who can’t.

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I don’t say this often, but today I really mean it.

I’M PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!

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French Jack-o’-Lantern

Auchan was selling pumpkins this week, so I had to get one. I was surprised they even had them considering how small their Halloween costume section is. And their Halloween candy aisle is just non-existent. There was a huge section for chrysanthemums though, for la Toussaint* – which I stupidly didn’t get when I first […]

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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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