FL 3: French Adjectives

It has been a while since I posted some nifty french language information. So here is the next small leçon:

French Vocab- not all translations are as they seem…

tout- every, all
chose- thing
homme- man
petit(e)- small
jour-day
femme- woman
grand(e)- large
quoi- what
main-hand
film- movie
oeil- eye
autre- other
monde- world
tête- head

For now, I will leave out verbs and stick with adjectives and nouns. Verbs in the French language need to be conjugated depending on the subject (I, you, he, she, we, they).

Grand(e) et Petit(e): These words are adjectives (they describe something). Notice that I placed an “e” in brackets.

French nouns are given a gender, masculine or feminine. When descibing a female or a feminine noun you would use an extra e at the end of these adjectives: grande and petite. No extra e is used in masculine nouns or when describing a male.

e.g. Le homme est petit. (The man is small)
Mais, sa tête est grande. (But, his head is large)

In the first sentence we are describing a man as small and therefore use petit instead of petite.

In the second sentence we are saying that the man’s head is large. La tête is a feminine noun. Since we are describing the head, and the head is fem. we use grande instead of grand. This is true even though the head belongs to the man.

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Short break to re-group, but I’m back!

I took a short break from blogging but now I am back to purge my thoughts and ideas once again.

Everything has been moving very quickly lately and I am learning to adapt to this new pace. I realize that as I get closer, certain, important tasks will become more urgent (e.g. selling some some of my things before I go, becoming fluent in the French language, organizing trip stuff…). My sister’s bridal shower is coming up shortly which will be hosted by moi and that has me a little tangles in the mind as well. My only strategy is to do one thing at a time and hopefully I will finish all the necessary to-dos.

To do:

-Bridal Shower: Write out final food list and grocery list, delegate food list, make an “advice book” for guests to fill out, put together a PP presentation. The dress has been purchased and the invitations all sent so I’m practically ready for it… right?

-Learning French: Watch French television (thank-you Canadian TV!), continue reading (I have been completely slacking), correct my writing assignment, test my vocab, fill out my verb book

-2E Visa: Get my pictures re-taken because I need three and I only purchased 2, finish obtaining the funds (includes selling drums, guitar and TV), buy my insurance

Now that I have written all these tasks out, they seem a lot more manageable for some reason!

Oh yeah! And one more big task: FILE MY FREAKING TAXES!!!!!

Until next time…

 

 

Faith, Fears, Frustration, Funds, Family, France

Faith: Have faith, have faith, have faith, have faith, have faith, have faith, have faith, have faith!

Fears: I really need to start facing these. Is the airplane going to crash? Um, probably not. Is it possible that things will not go as planned when I arrive in France? Very possible! I guess I just need to accept these truths and let the fear go.

Frustration: 2 words: Learning French!

Funds: Dear the bank of the universe, please send me all necessary funds asap so I can stop worrying about them. P.s. please send me some extra funds for 2-3 pretty summer dresses. Thanks. I love you! Laura

Family: I finally told my mom I am leaving and she seemed pretty pumped about it! Yay!

France: I CAN’T WAIT!

 

Oh, that language of love…

Today I was able to get one more document completed and ready for the obtainment of this visa. My cover letter to the consul general is done!

Every time I read French, have a lesson, or simply listen to French music, I try to pick up something new and remember what I have learned. Writing this cover letter was a nice little assignment for me and I learned a lot about the language. And even though I am learning a lot, I am still terrified that I’ll never speak this language! The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know and that learning French is not as simple as translating word for word. French writing has a style, as does English writing. Although I would love to directly translate, “I would like to obtain a 2e Visa to France and I would appreciate being considered as an eligible candidate”, and sentence like this can be directly translated while making sense, it just won’t be very French. We anglophones have developed expressions and etiquette in our language over a many number of years and so have the French, and that makes these languages very different from one another. I am not saying that my learning a ton of vocabulary plus different ways to structure sentences and many different verb tenses is all for waste, because they do say that you cannot build a house from the top floor down but you must always start with the foundation. So I am currently pouring the cement into a gigantic French language vortex I have dug, and starting to understand this language of love more and more. I can see that what I am learning now (these awesome building blocks!) will enable me to hear people out and speak in sentences that others will definitely understand (although they may not be correct), so I can at least communicate with my future neighbours. I can also see that the real learning, the really juicy, building the home part of  learning this language, will only happen while I am in France, learning the French style and being immersed in it everyday.

Am I scared? Maybe a little. At this same time, this is kind of a fun challenge and even writing about this has me excited for the moment I step off the plane and realize that its all sink or swim…

Amazing New Developments!

I’m starting to get very excited about this trip! I’m seeing signs of France all around me. I walk down the street and think of France and Carla Bruni comes on the shuffle of my Ipod. Or I browse the bookstores and books of Paris and France stand out on the shelves immediately.

My boyfriend has begun to tell me of French history and show me French monuments online. He tells of French style bakeries and feeds me delicious food from France (like duck neck!!!). Small french conversations are also occurring between us! Ex: “Je fais dejeuner” I’m making lunch.

Things are looking up. The money I’m saving is starting to look promising and the language is really, really improving. And as far as the documents go:

  • I found personal liability insurance: I do not own a home or car and therefore I could not extend this type of coverage to include personal liability (as most people can do). Instead, I simply need to purchase tenant’s insurance (approx. $250/year) and I will be covered!
  • I am covered and have a document for provincial health insurance: I went to Service Ontario, told them my situation and received my document all in about 40 minutes (35 minutes of waiting).
  • Cover letter to the consulate general has been written in French and just needs to be corrected by French bf.

Pictures are still to come. I also realized that I will need to print the application on long sheets of paper…

I’m so close I can already taste the baguette!

 

Obtaining The Visa

I have finally set up the blog to my liking! Now I will begin my tales of this adventure.

When I first began researching going to France, I immediately went on the French Consulate website for Toronto (every Canadian city has a similar website although the main consulate is in Ottawa). Would it even be possible for me to stay in France for over the 3 month visiting limit? I found out it was, and I had a few different options. Here they are:

  1. Become a visitor for a year. I would need proof of enough financial support to carry me over for a year without an income. I would have also needed to sign a contract saying that I would not obtain work in France.
  2. Find a job in France while still in Canada and get them to sponsor my trip.

Neither of these visas would work for me as I want to go for a year and find a job while I am there.

Upon further researching, I found out that Canada and France have an excellent youth exchange agreement. This agreement allows youth between 18-35 to travel to France for a longer period of time for a few different reasons: 1) To study 2) To obtain an internship 3) to work and learn about the culture, and 4) a few different reasons that I do not care to mention.

And there it was! I was staring at my computer screen as if I had just run into a pot of gold! I would get the 2E visa to France, the working holiday Visa! Easy as pie, right? Well… the requirements seem easy enough except for one! In order to obtain this Visa I would need proof of at least $3000 in my bank account. And now I am saving my money like a mad woman, doing everything possible to come up with these necessary funds.

Some (but not all) of the other requirements include:

  • A letter from provincial insurance stating that I will be covered over the duration of my trip
  • A cover letter to the consulate (preferably written in French) stating why I want to go
  • Proof of enough financial means for a plane ticket on top of the other funds
  • Travel medical insurance to cover me for the duration of the trip
  • 3rd part liability insurance coverage (still do not know how to obtain this!)
  • Photos, forms and some other little tidbits!

The rest is pretty manageable. This week I am holding myself accountable for writing the french cover letter (a challenge, but manageable thanks to having a handy french boyfriend and a pretty great french teacher), checking out where I can get this liability insurance, contacting OHIP (provincial medical insurance) for my letter, filling out the forms and getting my pictures taken (CHEESE!).

I am currently a sales associate at a clothing store and I make great ties with my customers. Luckily I have a regular customer interested in this little (or BIG) adventure also holding me accountable for this list of to-dos. I will get them done and move some of this trip energy!

I have also decided to sell my drumset 😦 . I hope it goes to a good home where it will be loved and well taken care of. Knowing that the money will go into a great investment for my life and one day become 10 fold what I am selling it for (because of the amazing things I will get out of the trip), I am very willing to part!

Anyway, that is all about this visa for now!