First week of classes

Bonjour tout le monde! I made it through the first week of classes and now it is officially the weekend! Ryan and I left Caen this afternoon and we are now spending the weekend in Paris at his friend’s apartment. The first week was crazy; I can’t believe how fast it went! Before the semester, I had to take a placement test to see which level to be placed in; I ended up in B2. The levels are as follows: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2. A1 is for people who speak very little French; C2 is practically fluent.

Let  me just say,B2 is very difficult; The professors described it as learning French from a theoretical point of view, rather than rule-based teaching technique. This first week was more of a trial run to see if we were placed correctly. I was definitely placed too high and will be starting B1 on Monday, along with Ryan, Ethan, Renée, Ariel, Katie, and Emily. My days consisted of getting up bright and early, getting ready, enjoying breakfast, and frantically running to catch the bus / tram. We started classes at 8h30 am until about 12h30, doing mostly literature, listening, writing, speaking, and comprehension. My material is so hard, even the family I live with has a difficult time understanding! Regardless I’m glad to be switching! After school we all got lunch at the school cafeteria. Most conveniently it closes at 14h00 so we usually do not have a lot of time to eat. During the afternoons we went shopping, did some sightseeing, went to the bars, and ran random errands. I also checked out the library and the gym!

I have met a lot of great people from all over: Kentucky, Texas, New York, Chicago, South Carolina, Norway, China, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Iran, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brazil, Russia, and Ghana…it’s so awesome to hear different perspectives from so many different types of cultures; I absolutely love it. Next week we start real classes. I have 19 hours of class each week, which somehow only equals 12 credits.

However, I am very excited to get into the swing of things! This weekend I am in Paris with Ryan, staying with his awesome Parisian friends. We took the tram to the train station and hopped on the train to Paris. Next week real school will start; we also have an excursion next Sunday to Mt. Saint Michel and St. Malo; I am very excited!!! So much to do and see and so little time! Au Revoir!!!

Dana xxx

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