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Get Your Copy of Free Easy Type French Accent Software with Amazon Book Purchase!

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Hey there French major students!

The Fall semester is fast approaching which means lots of French accents need to be typed for homework and papers over the next 10 months. Don’t waste time copy and pasting, inserting symbols or using the ALT key functions! Type French accents with ease and speed and for free!

You read that correctly- for FREE! And what college student doesn’t need to save a few pennies? All you have to do is purchase a copy of Twenty in Paris or The Paris Diaries by Andrea Bouchaud (now on sale for just $0.99) and email a copy of your Amazon receipt to Easy Type French Accents to support@easytypefrenchaccents.com to receive your free registration for immediate download and use on your computer (recommended to be Windows and not Mac). Don’t forget to put “Twenty in Paris Promo” in the subject line and include your Amazon receipt. Act fast! This offer is only valid from 8/23-8/30/14.

 

It’s just 2 Quick and Easy Steps!

 

- Go to Amazon.com and purchase a copy of Twenty in Paris or The Paris Diaries

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-email a copy of your Amazon receipt to Easy Type French Accents to support@easytypefrenchaccents.com and ask for your free registration for immediate download and use. Don’t forget to put “Twenty in Paris Promo” in the subject line and include your Amazon receipt.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Work During Your Study Abroad

 

Studying abroad is all about doing new things and gaining new experiences, especially ones that can enhance your skills for your career. Working abroad can be a great way to gain hands-on knowledge and talents that will enrich your study abroad experience. Let’s take a look at 5 reasons why you should work during your study abroad.

1)      Improve your language: There is only so much you can learn from a textbook or in a classroom. Real life situations are the only way to really vamp up your language skills. Where else can you conquer numbers (especially if they’re tricky like French numbers), customer service skills and work lingo?

2)      Quicken Cultural Immersion: Working abroad is a great way to immerse yourself into the host culture. Your interactions with your colleagues and customers will give you insight into cultural nuances that you wouldn’t be able to pick up anywhere else.

3)      Increase your monthly income: For study abroad students, living off your savings for 1 semester or more can be difficult. Having a job abroad can be very useful in helping to increase your monthly income to make study abroad more affordable

4)      Make your resumé stand out: Having work experience abroad can set your resumé apart from the rest when you go to look for a job after graduation. Andrea’s tip- apply to jobs abroad that have to do with your major / future career goals so that you can show prospective employers how you can apply the skills you gained from working abroad

5)      Make friends: Making friends abroad can be tough due to cultural and language barriers. However, working with the same people a few days a week can help create an easier environment for making friends during your study abroad.

Andrea’s tips on things to look out for:

-Make sure work never interferes with your class schedule. Remember unless you are going abroad specifically on a work visa the main reason you’re abroad is to study!

-Don’t overwhelm yourself! If the job calls for 40 hours a week, ask if they have a part time position (un poste à mi-temps in French) or look for another job that offers a position with shorter hours that won’t take away any R&R time. It’s good to make the most of the study abroad opportunity but don’t stretch yourself thin.

-Don’t be so concerned with the pay. Remember this job abroad is not your main source of money, it’s just a supplement. If the job offers an opportunity to acquire skills needed for your career- take it! This is not your main source of supporting yourself abroad, it’s to help you be a bit more comfortable each month as well as prepare you for your future.

  
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An easier, faster way to type French – Product Review

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Earlier in the spring, we talked about how to type French accents for those mid-term French papers on a non-French keyboard using the ALT key + number system. Recently, I became informed about another way to type French accents which is easier and faster! It’s with a software called Easy Type French Accents created by a Canadian company of the same name. Looking to type an «e » with an accent aigu? (It looks like this é). What if instead of losing your train of thought mid-sentence as you struggle to remember which number sequence goes with the ALT key, all you had to do was press the «e» a few times to get your desired accent? With Easy Type French Accent that’s what it was. The software is easy to download and it’s compatible in any Word program, SM site or email to name a few places where you can use it.

After a few minutes of typing an email in French to my language exchange buddy, I couldn’t help but notice how much easier it was to type French accents without having to rack my brain for the right ALT Key + number sequence and how much faster I was able to type as a result. This truly is a tool that every student of French should own. Writing French papers no longer has to be an arduous task- ok the writing in French part is still there but now you can do all those accents at a record speed without slowing you down or losing your train of thought.

I’m normally not one to promote products, but this is too good and too useful to not tell you about. If you don’t have it already, please check out http://www.easytypefrenchaccents.com/ to download to your laptop/ tablet or wherever you type French accents the most now! The fall semester is fast approaching and you don’t want to write French papers the same slow way as before.

android-apps-on-saleStarting tomorrow, August 20th, The Paris Diaries: The Study Abroad Experience Uncensored will go on sale for a limited time back to school sale. Don’t have a Kindle? No worries! The free Kindle app can be downloaded to your Smart Phone or e-reader/tablet for on the go access.

  
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The Great Debate – French style

(no debate here …yet. Photo by: pinkandstray.blogspot.com)

There is nothing that the French love to do more than talk. It’s their favorite pastime. And no French conversation would be complete without a debate. The French love to disagree and debate probably because it allows them to continue a conversation that might’ve otherwise fizzled if everyone was on the same page. A French debate can vary from a minor blip on the conversation radar to a full blown disagreement with raised voices. In American culture, disagreement is something that we are taught to avoid but in French culture it is acceptable to have debates. This doesn’t mean that you should be screaming, throwing things or cursing at the person but rather it isn’t a bad thing to disagree with someone. Even when debates do get heated in a French conversation, it is quite common for things to be patched up in the end with everyone leaving on good terms. But it can be uncomfortable if you’re not used to it. French disagreements made the top things that French people do that make Anglophones uncomfortable in this Comme une Française video.

So what are they debating over? Everything! But the French’s most popular areas of debate are the French language and politics. But the topic of the disagreement is not the important part of the debate, it’s the way in which the French do it.

The expression- you know a debate is coming when you hear key expressions such as “ah, bon?”, “tu crois?”, or “eh ben, écoutes” you know a debate is coming.

The facial expression- a debate is really heating up when the facial expressions start. My favorite is the cheek puffing. It’s very slight but shows that the person does not agree with the other person on a more elevated level. Think of a chipmunk with full cheeks on a smaller scale and happening really quickly.

frustrated(Things are getting heavy when the cheek puffing startts- photo by: www.paris-museums.org)

The Goal- just like in any debate, the goal is show your partner in conversation that you are right and they are wrong.

What to do- if you feel uncomfortable, change the topic! But don’t tap out the moment you become uncomfortable- stay and navigate the conversation. You’ll learn a lot about French culture and language that you wouldn’t witness in normal conversations

Disagreements are fascinating parts of French conversation that will help you to immerse fully into the study abroad experience by partaking in a favorite cultural pastime- the debate.