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First week in France

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My first Week In France

11/02/18 - 16/02/18

Someone once said "Live for the moments you can't put into words". I feel like that might be why so far I have failed to keep up my writing. What I have seen and done here in France in the short time I've been here has been too amazing to try and sum it all up in a few paragraphs... But I'll give it a try. Here's a day to day summary of how I coped in my first week:

I arrived in Marseille with 4 other girls that were also doing an exchange in the area; one of which is going to the same school as me. I had talked with three of them the day before as we were staying in the same hotel room and the fourth I had met that morning while running through the airport to catch our flight. Now, let me explain, the only reason we had to run through the airport was because the hotel messed up our wake up call. The call was supposed to come at 6am but instead it came at 7:30. We rushed and made it down to the airport transportation just before 8 but lots of other people were also late and we had to wait for them. So... we had to run to catch our flight. I was lucky and got a window seat and saw lots of the French countryside.
Upon arriving in Marseille I was greeted by my exchange partner and her family. We then drove 20 minutes to my new home. We played lots of games and after dinner they told me we are going to Paris for a week during vacation. Yay!
I feel even in this first day my French got better. Its not like in a classroom where you have the option to speak in English or there is a dictionary nearby. When you are surrounded by people speaking French you have no choice. You have to just try your best to understand and communicate.

My first full day in France. I set an alarm for 7am because of the time difference I wanted to make sure I didn't sleep in. My French family knew that I ate cereal in the morning in Canada and they had picked up some Corn Fakes for my breakfast. So sweet. We chatted as we watched a lot of the Olympics and I got my school bag ready for the next day.

First day of school! I got up at 7am and had everything laid out from the night before so I was ready before everyone else. I also don't have to make my school lunch in France so it's a lot faster. When we got to school I met a bunch of people that I don't really remember the names of and gave lots of kisses. We then went to History class. The teacher talked very fast and I have no idea what we did. We then had French where we talked about 4 of Picasso's self portraits. We then had a recess before going to Math. Ah, the universal language of numbers... or so I thought. I still didn't understand anything! Finally it was time for the prepared lunch. We had Pasta with a zucchini pesto and pork with a bolognese sauce. After lunch we had English where I was bombarded with questions about my life. Next was Spanish which was very hard because I'm still learning French. I had to go from Spanish to French then French to English. For the last class of the day we had Physics and Chemistry. I actually understood some of it! So proud.

I found that most of the people in this school know who I am and I constantly find people starring at me. Math was the first class today and I understood a bit more. I think we are working on primary dividers. We then had Sport (gym). In Sport we played badminton and it turns out I'm really bad at it. After Sport we had lunch. Chilli! We went to the games room. We played Gobb It and Werewolf. We then had Science where we are learning about the evolution of humans. We watched a video almost like Bill Nye. After a short break we had Technology where we are building a robot. And in History I actually understood more than yesterday, so my French is getting better!

Yay it was a half day. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are 8:30-5:30 but on Wednesday and Friday 8:30-12. Also, today was Valentine's Day. Half a day and all 3 languages. First we had Spanish. We watched an episode of Tintin and I didn't understand very much. We then had French where we took up a dictée type thing that I wasn't there for. Last, but not least, English. English is actually harder for me than I thought it would be because they are learning about irregular verbs and tag questions. I don't know any of the irregular verbs cause we didn't learn it. And if anyone knows what past perfect is please help me. And tag questions are when you say a stem end and then add a question, aren't they? Some of my exchange partner's friends came over after school and we had a little party for Valentine's Day.

First we had Spanish. We had a control (a test) on Tintin. I had the option of whether or not I wanted to do it. I tried so I am very proud of myself though I did it mostly in French. We then had French and I am even prouder because I actually answered 2 questions. (What was the early style of art that Picasso used: figurative; and what was the style he used in his later life:, abstract). We then had a short break before a free period where we worked on Science homework in the back of the class. For lunch I had tartiflette (a traditional French meal made with potatoes and onions). We had a really long break before Sport (gym). We played ping pong. Even though I have a ping pong table at home I was still not very good, but it was fun. We then stayed after school to watch the grade 7s dance spectacle.

Last day of my first week. I think I've got the kisses thing mostly down as we do it every morning. Today me and my partner took the bus to school. We only have a half day today. First we had History and I understood more than Monday. I have noticed a big improvement in my ability to comprehend. After History we had Music. My first music class and we had another test. I don't know what it was on, but I tried. Thankfully this was a written test, but I have to learn a song (Skyfall by Adele) to sing. Yes sing! I'm going to die... I played a bit of the piano which was nice because just before leaving Canada I played a lot of Piano as a way to manage stress. We then had math before going home. That evening we watched a French tv show that I really liked, Les Reines du Shopping.

I have decided to do a Songs of the Week type thing. So these are songs that I've heard a lot this week. Most of them will be in French as we mostly listen to French Music. My songs of the week for week 1 are:

Résiste - France Gall


Pour Les Hommes - Anthony Kavangh
The French version of You're welcome from Moana.

I am very happy to be here in France and I swear I am going to write the rest of my blog posts asap. I will post the French parts after I get caught up. I have written everyday in my journal so I just have to transfer it here and eventually translate it. Life is just a little crazy when you're going to school 9 to 5 in French.


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Learning New Things

On my way to France 08/02/18

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This morning the first thing I thought of when I woke up was how unprepared for the next chapter of life. I've realized so many things in the last few hours.

1. I can do anything that I put my mind too. This morning I left my house with a stomach full of butterflies and a mind filled with fear. Upon leaving my parents at the airport I was scared half to death but after a few minutes of talking to people, I realized how much fun I'm going to have, how many memories I'm going to make and all the things I will learn from this amazing adventure.
2. I am not alone. There are so many other people that are doing this for the first time too. All of these people I have met are already like my second family. And I know some people that have already done an exchange and they're still alive so I know I'll survive.
3. How amazing people are. In the last few hours I've been with people that for the most part I've never met before and everyone has been so kind and friendly.
4. And finally that this is going to be one of the best things I will ever do. I will come back home to Canada as more of an adult than a kid after being by myself in the world for a bit. And of course all the people that I will meet, all the things I will see and all the memories and connections I make will change the way I look at life, instead of having only one way of life I hope to experience and learn multiple way of life.

I am excited to go to Vimy Ridge but also very tired as the flight was very turbulent and not easy to sleep on. Though I an very excited to see my French family.


Cette matin quand j'ai levé j'ai pensé que je ne suis pas près pour la prochaine partie de mon vie. J'ai réalisé beaucoup de chose dans les dernier quelques heures.

1. Je peux fait tout que je veux. Cette matin j'ai départ ma maison avec des papillons dans ma estomac et jetait très peur. Après que j'ai dit au revoir à mes parents a l'airport mais après quelques minutes de parlé avec des autre étudiants, j'ai réalisé combien je vais avoir du plaisir, combien de souvenirs je vais faire et aussi tout les choses que je vais apprendre de sa expérience.
2. Je suis pas tout seul. Il y a beaucoup d'autres personnes qui fait sa pour la première fois aussi. Tout les personnes que j'ai rencontré sont déjà comme mon famille. Et je sais d.autre personne qui a fait l'échange et il y a toujours en vie alors je sais que je peux fait.
3. Comment incroyable des gens est. Dans les dernière quelques heures j'ai rencontré beaucoup de personne que je ne sais pas et tout le monde est très gentille et amical.
4. Et finalement que sa vais être un des les meilleurs choses que je vais fait. Je vais retourner à Canada a plus qu'un adulte qu'un enfant après être seul dans la monde. Et aussi les gens que je vais rencontre, tout les choses que je vais fait et tout les souvenirs et connections je vais fait va changer le façon que je regarde vient, au lieu que juste une façon de vivre j'espère que je trouvé d'autre.

Je suis vraiment excité à voir Vimy Ridge mais aussi très fatigué à l'avion était très turbulent et s'était pas facile à dormir. Mais je suis très enthousiaste de rencontre ma famille française.


Posted by Broken_Compass 10:08 Archived in France Comments (0)

25 More Days

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If you didn't already know, I am participating in an international exchange to France. I will be leaving my home and family for two months to live with my exchange partner, Calypso, and her family. Though this may seem a considerable feat for merely a 13-year-old I am very excited to be gaining some independence and travelling somewhere new.

I am going to be living in the south of France in a town called Saint-Cannat. Saint-Cannat is in Provence and is about half an hour from the coast. While I am there I hope to pick up the language and become fluent before returning home. I am excited to try new foods and new things. I am going to be going to school in French which I am more than a little nervous about, but I am just going to try my best.

I am using this blog as a way to inform my friends and family at home of what I'm doing there. I am going to try to post once a week in French and English to practice the language. I will also be posting my pictures.

This Is Saint-Cannat.


Voici Saint-Cannat.

Si tu n'avais pas deja sais je prendre part à un échange au France. Je vais laisser ma maison et ma famille pour deux mois à vivre avec Calypso, mon partenaire d'échange et sa famille. Même si que sa ses un grand exploit pour quelqu'un de 13 ans, je suis très excité pour obtenir un peu de indépendance et voyager quelque place nouvelle.

Je vais vivre dans un village dans le sud de France qui s'appelle Saint-Cannat. Saint-Cannat est dans Provence et il est un demi heure de la côte. Quand je suis la j'espère que j'apprendre français couramment avant que je revenir au Canada. Je suis très enthousiaste à essayer des nouveaux nourriture et des autre nouveaux choses. Je vais aller a l'école en français et je suis très nerveux mais je vais juste fait mon meuilleur.

J'utilise cette blog pour informer mes amis et ma famille a quoi je fait quand je suis au France. Je vais essayer poster une fois par semaine dans Français et dans Anglais pour practiquer mon Français. Je vais aussi poster mes photos. S'il y a un erreur s'il te plait dite-moi dans le commentaire.


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