Monday, June 22, 2015

State of the French Learner Address: June 15-21

lundi, 15 juin
On Monday, Asami hung around all day as I worked. I had plans to get picked up near the train station at 17:30 for a ride to ultimate (instead of taking the tram). Damien happened to be in Montpellier that afternoon, so he’d offered to give a ride to me and Johanna (a girl who signed up to play for the first time). Since Asami wanted to stay in Montpellier another night and hadn’t found a place, I said she could stay with me again that night, but that I had to leave the house at 5:10 to catch this ride.

Ultimate was fun, we were four: Damien, Johanna, Thibaut and myself. Johanna is from Finland and wants to hang out on Friday. Thibaut gave Johanna and I a ride back to Montpellier afterwards.

mardi, 16 juin
Asami stayed around again today, and once again it was just a regular day of work. She made plans to leave Montpellier tomorrow, so I offered to let her stay another night. At 7 p.m. I went to GoLingo—always a good time! Afterwards I got crepes with some Frenchies from GoLingo: Damien, Romeric and Benjamin. When I got home around midnight, Asami was home and just getting in. Turns out she had gone to Nimes on a whim when she was at the train station that evening!

mercredi, 17 juin
Asami left in the afternoon, and I continued to work out on the patio. That afternoon Damien made plans with me for that evening—we were going to eat les moules frites (mussels and fries) in Grande-motte, which is on the coast, a bit up from where we play ultimate frisbee.

On the way there, Damien asked if I had plans on Sunday (nope) and if I wanted to come to his grandpa’s house for lunch (Father’s Day). He’d have to check with them first to make sure it’s okay, but he’d wanted to see if I was free in the first place. He spent three months in Ireland this spring, and said he knows what it’s like to be a foreigner on holidays and such, and how rare it is to be at family events, so he thought of inviting me. Oh, and get this—his grandpa (and parents) are Spanish! So I really hope that works out, because it sounds like it’d be a good time.

It was a really excellent dinner filled with great conversation.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

State of the French Learner Address: June 8-14

lundi, 8 juin
I forgot to mention in yesterday's blurb from last week's update that when my roomate got home last night, she had a ginormous new musical toy with her: a bass balalaika.

She plays the Russian balalaika, and actually made this one:

So for her birthday (which was last fall), a friend made her this bass balalaika, sitting upright on the floor:

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

French club cuisine

Yesterday evening I went to a mini-cooking lesson, an optional "excursion" that my school offered. Basically there's a guy (company?) who leads all of the excursions/activities, and various French schools in town offer these activities to their schools. 

So while none of my friends signed up for this event (and I think only two others from my school did), there were tons of French students there from the boatload of other French schools in the area.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

State of the French Learner Address: June 1-7

lundi, 1 juin
We had four new students in class today: an Italian guy, a retired woman from Germany, an American who has lived in Montpellier for 5 years (and speaks amazing French!), and a girl from Switzerland. We changed rooms too, so we're in a smaller room and space is a bit tight. Frank is our teacher for the next two weeks still, so I'm happy!

I went to ultimate again at the beach this evening, like last Monday. At GoLingo last week while talking with exchange partner Damien about ultimate, he said he was interested in trying it out... and he actually came today! So we had enought people at one point to actually play with two endzones instead of just two boxes. The guy from Quebec who had been organizing the event via Couchsurfing leaves this week for Quebec (and will be back in August), so he brought a bottle of wine to share afterwards. It sounds like some of the others are interested in continuing the Monday evening event when this guy is gone, so hopefully I can keep playing!

mardi, 2 juin
Today is my older brother's birthday! (Bon anniversaire!) After class I went to the Montpellier zoo with Asami, Pia and Nanomi. It was just like any other zoo: zebras, bears, rhino, etc., but it was interesting to read the info things in French. Here's a plant that really stood out to me—it was fuzzy!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Resolutions Checkpoint 2015: May

Resolutions Checkpoint 2015 May

Hello, June!

As evident in my recent picture-heavy posts, I haven't been writing much the past month. And for those just tuning in, that's because I'm currently in Montpellier, France for a limited amount of time (two months, and my time is half up already), trying to learn as much French as possible.

So here's a quick recap of the progress I made this past month on the goals I'd set in May, to work towards my 2015 resolutions:

May Progress

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Monday, June 1, 2015

State of the French Learner Address: May 25-31

lundi, 25 mai
Today was another holiday (May has lots of holidays here in France!), so no class. I worked for a bit, studied for a bit, and in the evening made the trek to the beach to play some frisbee. I found out about the event via Couchsurfing. For those who have heard of the site, Couchsurfing isn't just for hosting or sleeping for free at people's houses. There are also events hosted by couchsurfers, and you can use the site to meet people when you're traveling (or to meet travelers while you're at home).

So there was the guy from Quebec who made the event, his girlfriend, a French guy, an Italian guy, and myself. After throwing for a while, Sophie went and read while we played two on two—"square" frisbee (with a small square in the middle for scoring, and a bigger square on the outside). I forgot how tiring it is to run on sand! Oh man. I slept well that night!

mardi, 26 mai
Today a whole bunch of new students started at the ILP, which meant class started at 10 instead of 9 because the new students took a placement test at 9. Turns out they're all Americans from Loyola University in Baltimore. They're young (most are 19), and since this is a group "study abroad" sort of thing for them, they all speak in English with each other. I'm trying to be patient, but to be honest, it's pretty obnoxious to listen to English at school (and also to know that they'll hardly learn what they could during their time here). But alas, I'm trying to remind myself that we're at different times in our lives with different priorities.

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