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Life in France: Day 11

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Day 11, October 4th

More registering books and magazines today. Same old, same old. What was new at work was that I essentially became a teacher in an English class for an hour. Before the class, I got the homework to correct both in grammar and spelling, as well as the contents of the papers.

Then, in the lessons, the students (nine guys) had to read their texts out loud and I’d ask them questions about the text, correct major pronunciation mistakes and let them know how their accent is when speaking English. A pretty interesting way to spend time, I must say.

One mistake they all had, which I linked back to the French language. When writing the name of a country, they’d write “the Turkey”, “the Belgium”, etc. All of them made that mistake. In French, they say “la France” and “la Belgique”. They essentially translated too literally from French to English and didn’t pay attention to the grammatical rules in English.

Oh well; I told them about that, so with any luck, they’ll keep that in mind.

I found another game reference on a wall. I swear, I just need to go for a walk in this city and look at walls - see what else I find. I demand a Mario reference!

The temperature is finally cooling down, thankfully. It’s been too warm for my liking ever since I made it to France. I need cooler weather! We even had clouds today. Clouds, I say, clouds!

Too bad they didn’t last all day.

Still, the temperature should keep dropping and make it to real autumn weather.  Wind, cooler temperatures and rain: I can’t wait for it to get that far!

Aside from that, today was rather relaxing. No extra stuff done after work; I just went back to the apartment and am now relaxing. Days like these are necessary.

I’m going to see about writing tonight, though. I need to get back into that habit, even if I don’t write every day due to everything going on. I at least want to get a few words in every now and then.

I must make progress!

Writing tonight, back to work tomorrow. I’d better make the most of my evenings.

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Author: Natasha McNeely

I'm a writer, a reader, a gamer and a dreamer. I love losing myself to thought and considering possibilities. That is how I create my stories and weave the erratic tales into readable ones.

8 thoughts on “Life in France: Day 11

  1. I am loving this pictures on the wall you are finding. I also demand a Mario reference! Haha. The English lessons sound interesting, especially since I know so little about the French language and I like little differences like that. Sounds like a good day to me though. Hope you get more writing done. =)

  2. Funny about the article in front of the country names. Also explains why Russians leave them out. haha! Enjoy your time in Europe….

  3. Sounds like an exciting change! How did you enjoy being a teacher for the day?

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