8 September 2007
“Friday: out, Saturday: shop, Saturday night: out, Sunday: church, Sunday afternoon: shop, Sunday night: out,” she said.
And it was then that I realized that I probably have less in common with most of the other American students in the BCA group than with the French and foreign students I’ve met and befriended this week. I take back the compliments I made about this group: in fact, a majority of them are quite xenophobic and not at all gregarious about meeting people outside the group. They’re always together, and they always speak English. Here’s a good comparison:
Last night I met up with the group to go to an Irish pub they’d picked out to watch the France-Argentina rugby game (
This week in review:
All week long, every day, from 9-5, I heard and spoke and wrote and read and practiced and studied and learn French. They call it the ‘Stage,’ and it’s a pre-semester language intensive for foreign students. In the morning, I have a grammar block, in which we’ve studied various verb tenses and modes and talked about reality TV. Our lunch ‘hour’ is actually 12:30-2:00, after which I have a literature course and then a culture workshop. In the former, we’re studying contemporary French literature, and by that I mean we read extracts and listen to lectures on Daily Life literature, Pessimist literature, and Ironic/Metaphysical literature. In the workshop, my group is studying the use of the Alsatian language (regional language of
Two other girls in my group have become pretty good acquaintances. One is Hulda, from
And what did I do outside of class this past week? I rented a bike, which I’ll have for two months and use instead of the bus. I got all the documents ready to apply for my residency card, with an appointment next Friday. Then I found out I wouldn’t have all the necessary documents, because my student card (which it seems that everyone but BCA students have) will not be ready, for some reason, until the end of this month (just after classes start). I planned a trip to
Are you all being human out there, too?