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Talking with native speakers is the best way to learn French

(The lunch or dinner table is a great place to converse with native speakers. Photo by: www.somethingtosnackon.com)

Monday through Friday, I have the best French lesson on the planet- I eat lunch with native French speakers. I learn more in 1 hour with them than I have in any classroom. Just the other day, I found out about the aggressive French redneck- this was something that was never taught in any level French class that I’ve ever taken. Le rouge gorge or literally the Red throat (ok it’s not redneck exactly but it’s pretty close!) is a small little bird native to Europe and is quite territorial, hence, it’s aggressive nature.


(He might not look like much but keep out of this little guy’s way!)


(photo by: my.englishclub.com)

The French nature lesson didn’t stop there. I also found out that une cigale is not a grasshopper but rather a cicada. All this time I thought that the hard working ant was being bothered by a lazy grasshopper who liked to make music and not a cicada (this is a reference from the famous French fable La cigale et la formi).

I cannot stress enough that the best way to really learn a foreign language is to speak with native speakers. This does not mean to say that speaking with native speakers should completely replace taking classes- unless you are able to speak with someone everyday for at least 1 hour and even then, I still recommend taking classes. Studying abroad is a great way to really take your foreign language skills to the next level and beyond as well as help you immerse into the host culture as you’ll be put in the situation to interact with native speakers. Countries like France love their language and that’s why it’s really important to beef up your language skills. Most of your language lessons occur outside the classroom and not in it – so dive in and talk with a native!

Are you getting ready to pack for your up-coming study abroad? Watch this video on how to pack your checked bag- this video is for both gentlemen and ladies. Stay tuned for the 3rd installment of the How to Pack for Studying Abroad Series which covers beauty essentials.




How to Pack for Studying Abroad Part II: The Checked Bag

It’s here, it’s here! The 2nd installment of the 4 part video series on How to Pack for Studying Abroad. Today we cover how many suitcases you should bring for your up-coming study abroad (it’s less than you think) and exactly what to pack (and how much of it). Did you watch Part I about what to pack in your carry-on? If not, check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ4GUw52cdU.





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How to Pack for Studying Abroad- Part I: The Carry- On

Packing for studying abroad is quite challenging as you’re not packing for an ordinary 3 day weekend or week vacation but rather for a couple of month (or more) journey. Many students make the mistake of overpacking and leaving some critical things at home. Today’s video is the first official video for the Twenty in Paris YouTube Channel where we discuss what to bring in your carry-on. Stay tuned for Part II (coming soon) where we’ll go over what exactly to bring in your checked luggage. Part III will discuss what beauty items to bring with you and which ones should stay home and Part IV will show you packing tips to maximize the most out of any packing trip.


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Behind the scenes look at Study Abroad Packing Video



Not too long ago, Morgan asked for a study abroad packing video. You may have spent your Memorial Day honoring our fallen soldiers and eating a hamburger (I did those things too) but in between, I filmed the first part of a 4 part video series on packing your suitcase for studying abroad. The image above is a production shot of me editing – that’s me showing you what NOT to do when packing your suitcase. This should be up on this site and youtube by the end of the week. Here’s a sneak peek of things to come:

Part I: What to pack in your carry-on

Part II: What to pack in your checked bag

Part III: What to pack beauty /skin care product

Part IV: How to pack these items to maximize space in your suitcase

Do you have a study abroad question that you would like addressed in a video? Tweet it to me @twentyinparis with hashtag #tipvid (that stands for Twenty in Paris video).