Settling in

Trip Start Jan 01, 2009
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Trip End Jun 06, 2009


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Flag of France  , Rhône-Alpes,
Friday, January 23, 2009

I finished my first week of classes today and founded that TGIF crosses international lines. The demographics in my class are interesting; about half Americans, half Asians (coming from Korea, Japan, and China) and one girl from Mexico. Trying to understand someone's bad French who does not have the American accent on their bad French is very difficult indeed! Today I did an exercise with a girl from Korea; our only common language was French. There were a few words in the exercise that neither of us knew, so she would look up the work in her French-Korean dictionary, find the Korean word for it, and then try to explain the definition to me in French....it was a very interesting process but we actually did pretty well! She was very kind and quite intrigued with my hair flower.

I still feel that the class is a bit too easy for me. I will just have to wait and see what my language professor says when she meets with my American professor; they will decide if I should move up a level and if so, to which level. So far I've taken two of the afternoon lecture class, one is the History of Contemporary France (covering the 20th century) and the other Art History. The classes are taught in auditoriums with 100-150 students present. Although I know this teaching style is common at large public universities I had never experienced it at SU...the largest university class was 30 kids! I can't say that I am a big fan of this kind of learning, although it is nice to not have to participate when I am not fluent in the language! However I have been impressed with myself in that I've understood about 99% of what the lecture professors have said.

There was a request for pictures of me in France, so you will find them with subtitles in the gallery section of this entry.

A bientot!

p.s.  I've been itching to call some of you but I do not have my American cell phone with me and thus, being a child of the 21st century, I do not know anyone's phone number.  No really, I'm not kidding, I don't know it (pssst, this includes your cell phone number, Mom).  If you would be so kind to email it to me I will try to give you a ring.  Or better yet, we can internet call (for free!) on Skype (www.skype.com).  You will need a microphone to do so.   
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