jeudi 30 août 2007

first day of school!

Just started PLP (preparatory language program). They divided us into two groups, the special ed kids and the advanced kids. Naw, just kidding. It's actually intermediate and advanced French. But I did get put into special ed.

Our classes are three hours long and are en francais mais oui with a 15 minute break. It was going pretty well until I started getting sleepy, which reminded me why I love French so much. It's so lovely and soothing to hear that it puts me to sleep. But I was attentive, answering questions to the best of my ability. We even watched bits of L'Auberge Espagnole and had a discussion.

After, Keisha, Lucia, and I went to go open bank accounts. We went to the wrong branch of Societe Generale, so we went back to the MICEFA office to find where the real one is. I have an appointment to open an account tomorrow. I also move into my new place tomorrow afternoon. Yay! After MICEFA, Lucia and I passed by a boulangerie, and I bought my first strawberry tart (tarte aux fraises), and...Oh. My. Gosh. It was SO YUMMY. I almost wished I brought my camera so you could see it. I'll probably buy another one since it's nearby my studio. The crusty was very flaky and the custard was sweet, but not too sweet, and really creamy. The strawberries were SO SWEET and FRESH. Just writing about it makes my mouth water. I will never taste anything like that in the States.

Speaking of French food, besides it being very good and very fresh, I went to Champion, a supermarket branch, looking for some cheap food, and I bought this apple strawberry sauce. It looked healthy and it was cheap, so I bought it. Oh my gosh, when I tried it, it was so good I almost muttered out loud, “Are you kidding?” It was really good. Jeez, even packaged food is good here!

Anyway, I'm doing pretty well, trying to learn more and more each day. I only use my English intensely when I'm writing on my blog or in my journal. I can't help it. I'm not at a level of French where I can really say everything that what I want to, and you guys don't know French, haha. I usually just use my French in a round about way, if I can't say what I really mean, I say something like it. Does that make any sense? Anyway, I'm here to learn learn learn and, if possible, have some fun. I don't think the fun will come into play until I'm well into school. I just hope I make the time to go out and see some things while I'm here. I don't think I'll be able to travel as much as I want since the dollar is so weak, but I'll make the most of living where I am and exploring the city as much as possible.

3 commentaires:

Eli Edmundson a dit…

These are the days to remember. It's great there are blogs now, you'll always have it to remind you of your great adventures, and it's great for those of us who like to live vicariously. Feel free to insert some French now and then, I for one would like to learn a little, I have friends in France and would eventually like to go. Good luck with studies and do have some fun!

cle a dit…

Hey Elaine,
I bumped into your lovely blog while visiting your facebook account. I can't believe you are in Paris, experiencing the same things I just completed. Deja vu.

If you have any quesions about school options, or anything, write me an email, and I'll tell you what I know. The French language will come, but it takes time, maybe even a whole semester, but don't worry, it's toally normal. It took me two semesters to feel comfortable. All you need now are some French friends! But let me warn you now, your classmates might be cruel!

Bon courage!

elaine a dit…

thanks guys for your support!

i'll definitely let you know clay if i have questions. thanks!