Comments on: Vive la France! http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:48:38 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Joanna http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-254816 Joanna Wed, 09 Mar 2011 05:11:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-254816 I just read this post.

My husband, two & 1/2 yr old daughter Olivia and I are moving from Hilton Head to Manhattan,KS. I am scared of change :) but staying positive about it.

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By: RC Borg http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-247845 RC Borg Fri, 11 Feb 2011 05:58:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-247845 My partner speaks 12-14 languages as an adult. He got started spending summers in Sweden and Finland as a boy. What is the number one best and fastest way for kids (or adults) to learn a language? Being around their peers of similar age group speaking that language. It’s like magic. Tutoring and other influences help too of course. But do not keep your kids isolated from their French peer group no matter what! Close friends are best, then sports teams and other active groups where they get to know others are great too. Keep us all informed:).

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By: Hannah S http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-244259 Hannah S Mon, 31 Jan 2011 00:32:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-244259 Oh, how fantastic!!!! While my hubby and 1 child (at the time) lived in Paris we toured all of France and Normandy was by far our favorite!! We stayed at a little gite next to the owners home in the beautiful quiet country. Such a wonderful variety of history (both American and French), beautiful country and great touristy spots like Mont-St Michel. Lovely, lovely! Makes me think of 5 quarters of the orange (though I am not sure that took place in Normandy).

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By: Tifiny http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-242713 Tifiny Fri, 21 Jan 2011 04:43:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-242713 Perhaps I should give you a little more background on our experience. You can check out our blog from when we were there at
whereisfrance.blogspot.com. We have 5 children our oldest was 12 and I had a 10, 8, 6, and 4. We wanted to have an experience for our children and so we decided France would be the perfect place. We ended up in a small village 1 hour south of Paris called Bourron Marlotte, it is near Fontainebleau. We had rented a house before we left and got our visas and passports and all the millions of paper work that is required for you to enter the country legally. We spent the first couple of weeks trying to figure out life- carte de s’jours,(total pain) buying a car, figuring out where to buy groceries etc. (it’s all fun) then school started. We enrolled all of our children into French schools which is what I would suggest if you would like them to learn the language in 1 year. It was brutal, just as you read or hear, but when they started to communicate with their friends in the French language it was awesome. There is a lot of homework (google translate was my best friend). They did it-they did it all. They participated in everything we completely put ourselves out there to experience everything possible.
The French really frown on missing school, but we did take the opportunities to travel a lot and if our kids missed school we figured we only had a year so we were going to make the best of it. One of the best parts of the system there is they go to school for about 6 weeks and then they are off for two which helps with the traveling thing.
My kids all spoke French when we left, so did I in fact, because we had great neighbors who helped me along.
It was definitely an experience that was worth every ounce of pain, worry, and fear. My kids are stronger and feel that they can handle anything after that.
Feel free to email with any questions- I would love to help make the transition easier in any way.

Tifiny

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By: Tifiny http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-242710 Tifiny Fri, 21 Jan 2011 01:24:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-242710 Someone sent me your link and I have only read a small portion but you should be excited. I have done this and you will love it. We moved our family to France the summer of 2007 before all our kids were in high school as well. We did it merely for the experience and it was a terrific one. My kids still talk about it everyday! Good luck with all the paperwork and all the fun that comes in figuring out a new system! You will love it. I would love to answer any questions if you have any-having done it already I would love to have talked to someone who had already experienced it.
We have 5 children.

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By: Dianne http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-241804 Dianne Wed, 12 Jan 2011 13:07:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-241804 Good good good good luck. I have done the move, but without children (just a dog). I live in Bordeaux now and am finally settling in after two years. The bureaucracy is exactly as horrific as they say it is. Keep your head up and stay positive !

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By: Abbey http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-240448 Abbey Tue, 04 Jan 2011 19:46:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-240448 This is so insanely wonderful! I’m completely inspired that you are doing this (and with your sister!). I can’t wait to hear all about it. xo Abbey

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By: TN http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-240429 TN Tue, 04 Jan 2011 08:16:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-240429 Hello!

Welcome to the Expat Club! My husband is French and we decided to move here 6 months ago with our 1 year old (he is 18 months now). It’s been a HUGE adjustment esp with the language difficulties. I had taken French in HS and before we were married I took 2 years of French as well. I was at intermediate level but was a bit rusty from a 3 year break to plan the wedding and have a baby. The past 3 months of classes has brought me back to intermediate level. My husband’s family also lives locally and that is a great help!

I would suggest you put your children into French School this way they will get the most out of this experience and they will learn French quickly. I think with a tutor they will learn but more so if they are integrated in the system. OR maybe enroll them on Wednesday’s in a Centre de Loisirs to meet French kids and interact. These are usually public centers through the Mairie or the School.

Being in the countryside you will find that there are less people who speak English than here in Paris. I normally do not speak English with the French. Some are patient with me and enjoy me trying to explain what I need others are rude…but you would also get that in the US if you struggled with English.

If you EVER have any questions keep me in mind ;-)

Good Luck!

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By: Mrs Misener http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-240382 Mrs Misener Mon, 03 Jan 2011 19:45:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-240382 We are moving to France in exactly 1 year! I can’t wait to read all about your experiences and learn from them when the time comes for us to leap across the pond.

Bon chance!

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By: Lindsey http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-240378 Lindsey Mon, 03 Jan 2011 18:44:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-240378 So excited to 1) learn of your blog (via Jordan Ferney) and 2) learn of your impending move to France! I’ve lived in Paris for 4 years, am married to a Frenchman and am glad to help you out if you have any questions.

My blog has some reviews of restaurants, expos, and various musings about life as an expat. Je vous souhaite plein de courage pour cette belle aventure! A très vite…

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By: Jen Lewis http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-240281 Jen Lewis Thu, 30 Dec 2010 23:44:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-240281 I am definitely interested in a weekly post about your moving-to-France process. My husband and I are thinking about Italy in a couple years. I love all your reasons for moving to France, it will be an unforgettable experience!

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By: Béa http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-240229 Béa Thu, 30 Dec 2010 07:02:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-240229 Ben oui, comme tout le monde bonne chance!

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By: Lynn http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-240209 Lynn Wed, 29 Dec 2010 14:30:28 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-240209 So excited for you!! Besides all of the logistics involved with this new adventure, I’m interested in knowing more about how you will maintain your careers while overseas. I am a teacher who is interested in working in a more collaborative, online environment. What are the pros and cons? Will you have to travel back and forth or just do most of your work online? Good Luck!!

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By: Karilyn http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-240062 Karilyn Fri, 24 Dec 2010 03:04:10 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-240062 Please do give tips about living abroad! I’d love to do that with my family someday. Such a great experience for the kids!

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By: Brittany http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-240004 Brittany Thu, 23 Dec 2010 14:33:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-240004 You’ve just given me courage. My husband wants to move to Brazil. Should we go? It’s not quite as developed and safe as France, thus my hesitation. But what a positive outlook you have on it!
Congratulations!
Brittany

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By: Thoa http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-240002 Thoa Thu, 23 Dec 2010 14:07:48 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-240002 Hi Gabrielle. I’ve been a silent reader of your blog. Just want to wish you and your family the best in your new life and ventures. It’s an exciting change. Can’t wait to hear your stories!

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By: Laura Mayes http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-239989 Laura Mayes Thu, 23 Dec 2010 03:11:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-239989 Love.

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By: Maria Petrova http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-239915 Maria Petrova Tue, 21 Dec 2010 20:59:33 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-239915 THRILLED for you, and yes, I’d love the “practical reality” updates.

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By: suzanne @ pretty swell http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-239911 suzanne @ pretty swell Tue, 21 Dec 2010 20:06:33 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-239911 Oh my goodness! Congratulations! Can’t wait to follow your adventure.

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By: kelly http://www.designmom.com/2010/12/vive-la-france/comment-page-3/#comment-239904 kelly Tue, 21 Dec 2010 19:41:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=8471#comment-239904 I can’t wait to read all about it! I would say we’ll miss you except we get to (virtually) come too! Yay!

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