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Sep 25 2014

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Bonjour Bonjour!

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Bonjour Bonjour !

Je m’appelle Valentine, I’m 22 and I will be your French assistant this year! I’m super excited about this year, there are so many things to do in Willamette University and I have so many ideas that I don’t know where to start! … Or maybe I should just start by the beginning…? Yeah, let’s do this!

I’m not only a French speaker, I really am from France. Indeed, I was born in Ajaccio (in Corsica) which is by the way, nicely called “L’île de beauté.” (The Beauty Island) This island is known to be the home of a fierce French people with very  ancient Mediterranean traditions. They want to prevent the effects of globalization from transforming their beloved island. That’s why they automatically refused every McDonald’s construction on their land!  And when you know the place, you understand why they put so much efforts in this. Take a look to this idyllic French region:

But that’s not the end of the story! Indeed, before having my appartment in Marseille and going to Aix-en-Provence University – the same in which Bradley Cooper spent a year, oui oui oui – I grew up and got graduated in the French West Indies, precisely, in Martinique.

As you would have guessed, it is another heavenly French territory (which doesn’t know Winter time). I’d love to make the West Indies’ culture more popular in your eyes. And even though the following photos are all about (splendid) beachs, this place has its own specificities, people, tradition, music, history and, last but not least… food! And it is the case for almost every other regions in France. So one of my goals this year will be to show you how diverse can be the “Frenchitud!”


Oh I almost forgot to talk about the city from which I am from. Marseille. Some of you may have heard about it (in English, it’s Marseilles, don’t know why.) Anyway, let me introduce you to the second biggest city in France – after Paris, of course. It is situated in the South of France, near Nice, Cannes and Saint-Tropez… ( ringing any bells?) Its inhabitants are known for their Mediterranean girls, talking loud, their strong accent, their soccer team: the OM (Olympique de Marseille) and their everlasting sun tan due to the lack of rainy days.



So, hello, my name is Valentine, I’m 22 years old, I come from France, I love the Sun and the beaches, chocolate, “baguette”, koalas and the kissing scenes in movies, I don’t really know what snow looks like but what I know for sure is that I will really really do my best to help you in French. I’m looking forward to meeting you all! A plus tard!




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