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Old 05-11-2010, 12:19 AM
 
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Hi, I'm a female college student, majoring in Secondary Education/ English, from the Gulf Coast area. After the oil spill, I would really like to get out for a while, and I would like some information on France, in particular. I would really like to travel there and maybe even go to school to improve my French, but I guess that would be kind of expensive. I have a really tight budget. I would still like some information, though. Thank you.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:49 AM
 
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Try this website:
Americans in Toulouse - Home
It's an english speaking community in Toulouse with a wealth of info that maybe you can use.
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Old 05-11-2010, 04:12 PM
 
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Regarding school in France... Studying abroad and language schools can be pretty expensive, depending on the program. If your French ability is good enough to directly enroll in a French university, you would pay the same fees as the French students (approximately 300-500 Euros for a year.) For more info on studying in France, check out the CampusFrance website. As you are currently a student, I would start by checking with the study abroad office at your school and see what sort of options they have.
http://usa.campusfrance.org/

For something less extreme than enrolling yourself in a French university, there are the very reputable Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne, which are French language and culture classes affiliated with the Sorbonne. They have sessions ranging from 1 to 4 months depending on the time of year.
http://www.ccfs-sorbonne.fr/


I spent 11 months in Paris as a student at the Sorbonne, so I'd be happy to answer any questions I can.
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Hi, I'm a female college student, majoring in Secondary Education/ English, from the Gulf Coast area. After the oil spill, I would really like to get out for a while, and I would like some information on France, in particular. I would really like to travel there and maybe even go to school to improve my French, but I guess that would be kind of expensive. I have a really tight budget. I would still like some information, though. Thank you.
France is a kind of a crappy country. Here's why:

1) Food. Day 1 at a French restaurant. I wanted to go to the American food place, "Buffalo Grill", but my teacher (this was a French class trip) made us go to a FRENCH restaurant. And boy, I was in for it! "Escargot" is snails, and "Grenouille" is frog, and they were both on the menu! I, of course, ordered one of the few things I could understand on the menu, a sort of steak, and it was crappy. I can't even begin to say how disgusted I was eating at a smokey restaurant that had frogs and snails on the menu. I don't want frogs or snails to even be near my food! I like Red Lobster, Chili's, Applebee's, and most of all, Cheesecake Factory. The whole rest of the trip I sneaked out of every restaurant we went to or told the teacher I was sick, and ate at McDonalds.

2) Attractions. There are NO good tourist attractions in France. Nothing to compare with Disney World, Cedar Point, Universal Orlando, or Six Flags. Nothing at all! Only museums and old buildings. Want to see dead artists' work? Then the Loov or Musee Dorsay is where it's at. But if you're like me, and want to ride rollercoasters or slide down water slides, don't even think about going to France.

3) People. The French people DON'T understand English, even if you yell it at them, which I did several times. Everybody knows English today! Worse, I got a lot of bad looks. They never smile over there.

(Note: the above post was a joke)
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:55 PM
 
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France is a kind of a crappy country. Here's why:

1) Food. Day 1 at a French restaurant. I wanted to go to the American food place, "Buffalo Grill", but my teacher (this was a French class trip) made us go to a FRENCH restaurant. And boy, I was in for it! "Escargot" is snails, and "Grenouille" is frog, and they were both on the menu! I, of course, ordered one of the few things I could understand on the menu, a sort of steak, and it was crappy. I can't even begin to say how disgusted I was eating at a smokey restaurant that had frogs and snails on the menu. I don't want frogs or snails to even be near my food! I like Red Lobster, Chili's, Applebee's, and most of all, Cheesecake Factory. The whole rest of the trip I sneaked out of every restaurant we went to or told the teacher I was sick, and ate at McDonalds.

2) Attractions. There are NO good tourist attractions in France. Nothing to compare with Disney World, Cedar Point, Universal Orlando, or Six Flags. Nothing at all! Only museums and old buildings. Want to see dead artists' work? Then the Loov or Musee Dorsay is where it's at. But if you're like me, and want to ride rollercoasters or slide down water slides, don't even think about going to France.

3) People. The French people DON'T understand English, even if you yell it at them, which I did several times. Everybody knows English today! Worse, I got a lot of bad looks. They never smile over there.

(Note: the above post was a joke)
You are my hero!
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:09 PM
 
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Well, I wish my French was really good. I can understand a few words, but I do a lot better when I see it in writing than if it's just being spoken to me. If I knew really good French, I could enroll with the French education system and do a little student teaching with them. Also, yes, a French university would be the way to go if I knew good French. Maybe I should look into investing in some language learning software, like Rossetta Stone, eh?
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:03 PM
 
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Well, I wish my French was really good. I can understand a few words, but I do a lot better when I see it in writing than if it's just being spoken to me. If I knew really good French, I could enroll with the French education system and do a little student teaching with them. Also, yes, a French university would be the way to go if I knew good French. Maybe I should look into investing in some language learning software, like Rossetta Stone, eh?
Speaking French 101.

1. Find a way to be in France for at least 3 months.

2. Avoid English language TV, books, radio, newspapers and English speaking people like the plague.

3. Find a French boy/girl friend. Make sure they understand that you are not to be spoken to in English.

4. Always remember that, in the English language, there is usually a word for everything that come from a Franco-Latin root (e.g. table, bottle, casserole, etc.). Think about that, find the word and say it with a French accent. Works 75% of the time.

5. Lose your linguistic inhibitions. The French don't mind you making mistakes. They will appreciate the effort and work with you.
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:01 AM
 
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Those sound like good suggestions. Maybe I should think about hanging out at the French libraries or cafes and talking to some of the local college students. Perhaps I should sign up for a study abroad and join some kind of French book club or something. After I get to France, I guess my teachers may have some suggestions.
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:10 PM
 
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France is a kind of a crappy country. Here's why:

1) Food. Day 1 at a French restaurant. I wanted to go to the American food place, "Buffalo Grill", but my teacher (this was a French class trip) made us go to a FRENCH restaurant. And boy, I was in for it! "Escargot" is snails, and "Grenouille" is frog, and they were both on the menu! I, of course, ordered one of the few things I could understand on the menu, a sort of steak, and it was crappy. I can't even begin to say how disgusted I was eating at a smokey restaurant that had frogs and snails on the menu. I don't want frogs or snails to even be near my food! I like Red Lobster, Chili's, Applebee's, and most of all, Cheesecake Factory. The whole rest of the trip I sneaked out of every restaurant we went to or told the teacher I was sick, and ate at McDonalds.

2) Attractions. There are NO good tourist attractions in France. Nothing to compare with Disney World, Cedar Point, Universal Orlando, or Six Flags. Nothing at all! Only museums and old buildings. Want to see dead artists' work? Then the Loov or Musee Dorsay is where it's at. But if you're like me, and want to ride rollercoasters or slide down water slides, don't even think about going to France.

3) People. The French people DON'T understand English, even if you yell it at them, which I did several times. Everybody knows English today! Worse, I got a lot of bad looks. They never smile over there.

(Note: the above post was a joke)
I hear ya, bro. I done spent too days in Paris, went to some bars and couldn't find any place that serves Bud Light.
I think they must be a lotta wussies. Sure ain't too many guys with buzz cuts or shaved heads.
That french food sure ain't for civilized people.
Boy, wus I ever glad to get home and enjoy the family size can of Chef Boy Ardee Beefaroni.
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Old 05-17-2010, 07:19 AM
 
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Have you been to France before? If you are not already familiar with the country, this should possibly be a two step/two trip process. The first part would be to get an overview of a few areas -- Paris of course, but also some of the major university cities like Montpellier, Rennes, Aix-en-Provence, Toulouse or Grenoble. Each has its own ambience and could appeal to you or not. Life outside of Paris is not necessarily expensive at all on the condition that you learn to adapt to French ways for certain things and do not try to live the same way as at home. If you find a place you like, you could consider enrolling in some university programs. With a student visa, you are even allowed to work part time if you need extra money -- and working would certainly improve your French must faster than many other ways you can spend your day.

My own recommendation: Montpellier or Toulouse

p.s. Just to prove that anything is possible if you want to make it happen, my original home town is Long Beach, Mississippi, not too terribly far from Mobile.
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