Semester in Lyon: expressing myself in a different language

SPM blogger Alexa Buechler writes about the ups and downs of learning a second language

03/26/18 | 6:03pm


Note: The article following is a blog and therefore expresses opinions of my experiences while abroad

Every day I hear, speak, write, read and think in French.

Obviously most places I go outside of my apartment require French. My classes are taught in French. I speak French with the cashiers at grocery stores. I order food in restaurants. And at the beginning, we’d ask for directions in French.

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Semester in Lyon: Celebrating at the Nice Carnival

SPM blogger Alexa Buechler traveled down to Nice, France to participate in one of the world’s largest carnivals

03/14/18 | 6:16pm


Note: The article following is a blog and therefore expresses opinions of my experiences while abroad

The Nice Carnival is one of the world’s largest carnival events. This year, it was held from Feb. 17 until March 3.

The Nice Carnival dates back to the Middle Ages but became an official event in 1873. It was intended to chase off the gloom of winter and celebrate the upcoming spring.

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Semester in Lyon: My experience traveling to Normandy

For my winter break part two, I paid tribute to the soldiers of D-day

02/27/18 | 6:46pm


Note: The article following is a blog and therefore expresses opinions of my experiences while abroad

After two full weeks of classes, I had winter break part two.

I am honestly so confused why they have a break this soon into the semester, but I didn’t question it. On Feb. 17, my father came to France, and we went up north to Normandy on Feb. 19.

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Semester in Lyon: differences inside the classroom walls

University of Lyon 2 is a huge change of pace from ASU

02/20/18 | 5:56pm


Note: The article following is a blog and therefore expresses opinions of my experiences while abroad

I am currently in my fifth year of learning French, so it was always obvious where I would want to go when I studied abroad: France.

Most people in America assume this means I’m practically fluent. And I am, if it’s an American professor with an American accent asking me the question. I can hold my own perfectly in a French class at Arizona State University.

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Semester in Lyon: the French stereotype

The French aren’t all mimes who wear berets and carry around baguettes, while grunting ‘Oui, Oui!’

02/14/18 | 7:04pm


Note: The article following is a blog and therefore expresses opinions of my experiences while abroad

Based on my experiences, some popular misconceptions about the French are that they bathe less, walk around carrying baguettes, that mimes are common street performers and that French waiters are incredibly rude.

All of these are stereotypes. Americans have them too. We aren’t all obese citizens who eat McDonald’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and we don’t all carry guns around on our hips.

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Semester in Lyon: Overcoming culture shock

Despite being in the beautiful country of France, I couldn’t seem to avoid culture shock

02/07/18 | 7:54pm


Note: The article following is a blog and therefore expresses opinions of my experiences while abroad

Culture shock is like stepping in a pile of dog poop while wearing white Vans.

At least that’s how it felt for me. During my study abroad orientation for my semester-long stay in Lyon, France, we learned about the four stages of culture shock: honeymoon, frustration, adjustment and acceptance.

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ASU alumnus appeared on ‘Shark Tank’ for his 30-second wine chiller

Pronto Concepts CEO Alexander Simone made a deal with Mark Cuban

11/20/17 | 8:28pm


In 2013, an ASU student wanted to drink a bottle of Chardonnay with a girl, but didn’t have any chilled. He grabbed a strainer and a bunch of ice, but the wine tasted watered down.

On Nov. 12, Alexander Simone, now an ASU alumnus, stepped into the Shark Tank for his products, ProntoBev, a 30-second wine chiller and ProntoAer, a wine aerator.

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