Going home

I return to France tomorrow. Well, it will be Thursday by the time I get there. I have two suitcases packed to the maximum weight limit (one of those being full of books…) plus a carry-on that might be a little too heavy for me to lift over my head and a “purse” that’s actually […]

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Coming to an end

David and I finally were able to record an mp3 for the Informal French & Slang page. We’ve only done the first section so far (Informal Ways of Speaking) but we will continue to add more audio files throughout the summer. Today was the last day of work at one of my schools. I did […]

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Website Updates

I’ve uploaded the Informal French & Slang page. David will be helping me to add sample sentences and sound files soon. I’ve also joined the affiliate program at Champs-Elysées, so if you’re planning on buying the French, Italian, Spanish or German audiomagazines, please use my links. I’m currently working on a French & Italian comparative […]

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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 […]

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CC

Every time I borrow a DVD from the médiathèque, I always check first to see if there are subtitles in French because reading while listening helps increases my comprehension and vocabulary. I know that closed captioning and subtitles are not always exactly what the characters say, but it’s still better than nothing. Especially since I […]

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Australia

I have officially turned down the PhD position and scholarships in Perth. I was supposed to move there by the end of May. In two months. But I realized that a Phd in Public Health wasn’t really for me, and I didn’t want to do it if my heart wasn’t fully in it. So I […]

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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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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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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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