Bonne Année/Happy New Year!

By Fiona Connell | lightbulbs | January 26, 2011

 Wow the last month has flown past! Well maybe not flown… possibly more like a fast walk, oh, or an amble? Hm, that doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?!  

 

Possibly a tad slower than my last month

Possibly a tad slower than my last month

 

Well I suppose I should share with you what I’ve been up to for the last month…what was that…”Oh! Yes please!” I hear you cry! Don’t fret; hold your horses and I shall tell you what’s been happening!

 

A man having a little trouble holding his horses!

A man having a little trouble holding his horses!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So since I last wrote I’m sad to say my boss’ Scottish hasn’t improved greatly and my French is progressing so slowly it’s actually impressive. It’s a bit like watching a snail race, one painted with a Scottish flag, the other with a French and both going nowhere!  

 

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Snail racing-much like learning languages

 

 

 

Before leaving work for Christmas holidays I was given a wee project to try to learn about how nuclear sensors, probes and what not work?

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French and English, English and French, joy.

Hm, confusing stuff, even more so when all the data is in a foreign language. Google translate I love you but even you can only do so much! So my new project has carried over to this year and I’ve been given a few add-ons to look up as I go. I’ve pretty much gone from learning about how lots of small things work, to figuring out how the whole safety control system fits together. It’s a bit of a jigsaw puzzle, and I’m still working on putting the pieces together. It’s a definite learning experience!

 

 

 

 

 

On the plus side there are some nice people here who have been helping me along, yes Malo that’s you :-p The team here are really supportive, they even try to make me think I am helping them by speaking English, its just marvellous!

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Another example of a supportive team

That’s the learning bit over, so what else can I tell you? Hm, let me see…Ah yeh, life en France! Well it’s been a few months now and I’m slowly settling into the way of things here. It hasn’t been the easiest thing I’ve ever done, but then what’s life without a challenge?  

I have settled into a nice wee routine everyday; work, sociable lunch, more work and then dinner with the flatmates! I feel like such a grown up!image009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One flatmate has decided not to reply to me unless I speak in French, a novel approach to helping me learn I think! It can make for some pretty dull dinner conversation however, as each sentence I try and say takes me a full five minutes of brain cog turning agony to produce! Ouchee!

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My brain processing French

And so I shall leave you now to ponder over the wondrousness that is life as a nucleargrad in France!

 

À bientôt!

 

 

 

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