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Our exchange student from Vannes, France arrives Sat...how similar will he be to American 16 year olds?

Our exchange student from Vannes, France arrives Sat...how similar will he be to American 16 year olds?

Apr 17th, 2005, 08:55 AM
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Vincent arrived last night at 7, just in time to attend our high school musical production (only because our daughter was in it). He must have been so tired. He then accompanied our daughter to the cast party and they didn't get home until 1am! But he slept til 9 and ate a hearty pancake breakfast, no syrup, just strawberry preserves. He is very polite and well-mannered, helping me to clear the table, etc. The conversation is a little difficult, he can read and understand us, but is struggling to say what he wants in English. My HS french has already come in handy, both my girls have only studied Spanish, and it is his 3rd language, so he and my daughter were actually getting something across to each other in Spanish! It will be a delight Im sure, his poor mother had already emailed me asking all about his voyage, and if he gave us gifts yet, which he did. Beautiful things from his town, Vannes, and Brittany in general. Very sweet kid so far!
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Apr 17th, 2005, 09:02 AM
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Glad to hear it is a positive experience thus far!
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Apr 17th, 2005, 01:05 PM
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Hi luugis, thanks for posting. It sounds like all of you are going to have a wonderful three weeks. And his mother sounds like a beautiful person too. Bet you will have this family part of your life forever. Have fun!
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Apr 17th, 2005, 06:03 PM
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Sounds like a very good start. Your account made me remember how quickly our young French neighbors helped to clear the table--and how good their manners were in general.
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Apr 17th, 2005, 06:48 PM
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Thank you for posting this question and for all the replies. We are thinking about hosting a student ourselves, and have enjoyed reading about everyone's different experiences.
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Apr 18th, 2005, 12:18 PM
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Well, today was pretty lo-key, the group of students with their 2 teacher chaperones, toured the local Harley-Davidson factory and gift shop! Tomorrow is a huge day, they leave at7am and return 7pm, all day in Washington, DC where the temps are expected mid 80's! Most of these kids did not pack for this unusually warm weather. We are taking Vincent to the mall tonite to look for a couple of t-shirts. He is so agreeable to anything we suggest or offer him. When I asked him if there is anything he does not like, he paused and said very emphatically, Tomatoes!
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Apr 18th, 2005, 12:28 PM
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Also wanted to say, I finally got him to email his mother. He did, a very short message, and I then added to it. (the Mom in me) We downloaded MSN messenger for him to chat with friends in France, since we use AIM. Both mornings, he had made his bed military style! My 3 kids couldn't do what he did to that bed!
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Apr 18th, 2005, 12:43 PM
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We have hosted a French girl, and a French boy, and although every teen is different, a few observations:
-French teens are awed by the USA. We live in a rural area, so they were surprised by the quietness and tranquility - not at all like the movies they have seen.
-They were amused at our eating habits ; like putting everything out on the table at once, instead of in courses.
-They were amazed at the portion sizes in most of our restaurants. They loved the 'real American' places like diners, fast food joints, college hangouts, etc.
-One of the biggest treats was taking them to a thrift store where they could buy used Levis jeans for under $5 a pair.
- They were very eager to see the big cities, and shop at places like TJ Maxx.
- They WILL love homemade chocolate chip cookies!
- Unlike American teens, they don't feel the need to shower at least once a day.
- In general, they are gentler and more polite than many American teens.
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Apr 18th, 2005, 01:43 PM
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LOL @ the trip to thrift shops! That sounds PERFECT for the French teens that I've known. They always want to wear American fashions but many brands (Levis/Nike/etc) are very expensive in France. What a good idea!

A surprising thing that I heard one exchange student get soooo excited about were the disposable plastic bags we use to bake turkeys in during the holidays. Her mom loved that she brought several boxes of them back with her!
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Apr 18th, 2005, 02:14 PM
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What a fabulous thread! Thanks luggis, and thanks for keeping us posted!

Makes me want to talk to someone I know about possibly hosting someone.
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