Ever since I started studying French in my first year in school I found myself enthralled by the idea of France itself, primarily Paris. All of the beautiful images of the Champs Élysées and the Tour Eiffel in my school book made me even more determined to learn the language itself, and hopefully visit it myself some day. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I was in college studying French that I eventually got the opportunity to go visit. Determined to improve my spoken French, I joined an au pair website and, long story short, arranged for myself to work as an au pair in a small French village for the summer. I “met” the family on Skype, and soon flew into France shortly after to begin my été as an au pair. Excellent.
Opening a French bank account? Here’s how.
Sadly no dancing with Mickey Mouse on the street or spontaneously bursting into song.
I recently received an email from someone interested in improving their French by finding work in France. Sounds doable, doesn’t it? Unfortunately not- the person wasn’t from the EU, thus hampering her chances of working in France.
I must admit that this is something that I had naively failed to even consider- I really did take my EU status and my capacity to legally work in France for granted. I blush when I think of my incessant complaining about the paperwork to complete when I had reached France. Unfortunately for my blog reader, working in France looks unlikely- here’s why.
A sample informal letter answer for the 2014 paper.
Exercise may be necessary when in Lyon- those crepes and cheese come at a calorific price! I only wish somebody had told me this when I actually lived in the city… I still have the added “fluff” as a bittersweet souvenir of my glorious time spent there.
Choosing whether to visit Lyon or Paris is a difficult one. As somebody who has lived in both cities I feel a sense of loyalty to both. Here’s what I would consider when thinking about visiting either city:
The orals are approaching..here are my tips for avoiding the most common mistakes in oral exams!