Author Archives: Kathryn Cronen

Lessons Lived, Lessons Learned or, “You’ve been back for HOW long??”

“Well, this is embarrassing.” That’s the apologetic message I receive whenever my Firefox browser unexpectedly closes and requires a do-over. Appropriately enough, it also describes my sentiments regarding my blog’s absence since I returned to American soil more than three … Continue reading

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A Salsa Lesson

At 8pm on a Wednesday night I stand outside my friend Laura’s apartment building, waiting for her to let me in. She is about to give me, along with her single host mother and about six of her host mother’s … Continue reading

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A Fluency Lesson

I think that it’s high-time we talk about the f-word: fluency. Everyone has different goals and expectations for their language competency when studying in a non-English-speaking country, but I always tried to keep mine realistic. My general hope was to … Continue reading

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Vacation Lessons

Wanna hear something obscene? In the past 14 days, I’ve visited 6 cities in 4 countries. It sounds so ridiculous to me that I almost cringe to admit it. In fact, it brings to mind a scene from the end … Continue reading

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A Striking Lesson

Spend any time speaking about French culture, and no more than three minutes in, you’re bound to bring up France’s fondness for la grève. Here, outraged unions exercising their need to ‘stick it to the man’ and strike is largely … Continue reading

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A Green Lesson

I have a confession to make. In the United States, Al Gore would probably cry if he saw my carbon footprint. And its not just the carbon I add by driving around a big ol’ SUV when I could clearly … Continue reading

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A Math Lesson

About three weeks ago, my host mother told me that she will be hosting a nice Easter lunch in her home this upcoming Sunday. Not knowing whether or not I would be using the weekend to travel, she very graciously … Continue reading

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A Wandering Lesson

A lucky friend of mine is taking a history class here on the evolution of Paris; her main coursework consists of taking field trips around the city and directly examining its architecture. A few weeks ago, she recounted a story … Continue reading

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An Art Lesson

My fingernails are dirty, and I couldn’t be more pleased. I just came from my first (ever) pottery class, a studio class I swapped with French Literature. Seeing as the last time I took an art class was “World Crafts” … Continue reading

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A Bureaucratic Lesson

I will finally begin classes tomorrow (Monday, February 8, 2010). That fact, on its own, is not quite so interesting. However, I obtained the official schedule for when and where each of my classes will meet THREE DAYS AGO on … Continue reading

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