Some French things that I may never get used to

Showers. Or lack of. Most apartments have bathtubs with a hand-held showerhead that is not attached to the wall. There is usually no shower bar or curtain. I’m still mystified as to how people take “showers” this way. The hose that connects the showerhead to the faucet is not very long, so it must be […]

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Check your facts

I was watching the news on Canal+ this morning, and saw this headline at the bottom of the screen: Etats-Unis: Un adolescent de 15 ans a été tué par balles mercredi dans un collège de Toronto.United States: A 15 year old was shot to death Wednesday at a middle school in Toronto. Did we invade […]

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Appart

Finding an apartment is ridiculously hard in France. David and I have been searching for a few months now and everything is either too expensive, too small or too far away from public transportation. He only has a CDD (short-term work contract) and I’m unemployed. We were approved for Loca-Pass, but some landlords won’t accept […]

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Votez

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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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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Sous-Titrages

I finally figured out how to turn the subtitles on! It only involved pushing random buttons on the remote for 15 minutes and then pushing 888. How easy. I mean, doesn’t everyone know that 888 means subtitles in France? I just watched two episodes of Bones and understood almost everything. Je suis contente ! Edit: […]

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Il est midi.

Every first Wednesday of the month at noon, each French commune plays the evacuation/air raid alarms from WWII. I love the historical significance of it and that the French have not forgotten the war. But still, it’s a very creepy sound.

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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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