je parle américain
je parle américain is the online diary of an American in Paris: Michael Bell, a forty-year-old <sigh> former lawyer, married to a Frenchman, doing his best to immigrate and integrate. je parle américain was created in January 2011 as a website for an “English language consultancy.” Because of French employment and immigration laws that prohibit self-employment with certain visa types, however, je parle américain underwent a sudden and extreme makeover in June 2011 to become a chronicle of the experiences and observations of daily life in Paris from an American perspective: the beautiful and the frustrating, the bizarre and the poignant, the extraordinary and the mundane. The blogposts are eclectic, ranging from railings against the inefficiency of French bureaucracy, to historical accounts and linguistic insights, to the backstories of tasty French pastries, to tender moments about family life … but they’re almost always served up with a dose of humor.
tags: French Culture, French History, Immigration
I'm a 40-year-old former attorney from Washington, DC, who moved to Paris two years ago for love. I met the love of my life when I was in Paris on vacation in April 2009; we were engaged three months later and married a year after that. I have been in Paris on a student visa, studying French language and civilization at the Sorbonne. I am also a Cambridge CELTA instructor of English to speakers of other languages. Finding a teaching gig has not been the easiest thing to do, but I'm still on it. In the meantime, I write a blog called je parle américain. It's essentially my online diary, where I chronicle my experiences and observations of daily life in Paris from an American perspective. You should check it out at www.jeparleamericain.com. My interests are linguistics and history, social equality movements, and vegetarianism. I'm probably the only non-BBQ-eating South Carolinian you'll find in France. Enchanté, tout le monde ... I look forward to meeting you!
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