Language learning under the skies of Rainy Rouen

I love the story and that Hocus Pocus song rocks man….dont speak French yet… .allow me to master spanish first lol and I will be on my way !!

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Rainy stretches like this bring me back to rainy Rouen. I lived in this medium sized French city in Normandy for eight months of my roughly a year in that country, from which I returned just over two years ago. A cloudy day can bring anyone down, but that notoriously overcast Norman sky nearly depressed me that winter, as I often went a whole week or longer without as much as glimpsing the sun.

This was particularly hard in the dead of winter when my first class, teaching a class of tired eighth graders, started before sunrise. I ran out of my tiny apartment in the center of the city to catch a 35 minute bus to the little, old manufacturing suburb, or “banlieu”, of Elbeuf, where unemployment stood at 28%, 35% in some neighborhoods.

Sun deprivation in the north aside, I really enjoyed my time in France, both in…

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