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It’s been a pretty good week — the weather shuffled between early spring warmth and sudden rain storms — and I’ve actually had a considerable amount of homework to do.

Between picnics by the Eiffel Tower on the Champs de Mars, a dinner party with Victoria and delightful spring runs along the canal, I’ve had a busy week.

But today, I’m going to talk to you about my progress in the French language.

It’s clear that I’ve improved since my arrival here in January — I can understand almost everything that people tell me in the store, at the bank, in class, etc. — and I finally finished Camus’ “La peste,” a book which I already read in English translation but really needed to be read in French to be fully appreciated.

The other day on the metro, a woman interrupted my reading of said existentialist novel to inquire how I could listen to music and read at the same time. She asked if I was French, and I said no, but we kept speaking in French anyway, which was fun. I think the advent of springtime is making people more friendly.

Last night, I accidentally locked myself out of the apartment while heading out to meet a friend for dinner, meaning that I had to desperately call my landlord and roommates and ask for help. They didn’t respond, but when they finally did later in the evening, I successfully had multiple phone conversations entirely in French — which is a difficult thing to do, let me tell you.

Even later, I went to a party with a Canadian friend from the journalism program, and the other party-goers were a random mix of French, Canadian, American and Spanish university students. Conversation switched rapidly from French to English and back again, but all the while, many French students told me that I spoke French really well.

One even said that, judging by my hair — getting rather long now — and clothes — brown jeans, grey sweatshirt and multi-colored scarf, indoors — and lack of discernible accent, he originally took me to be French.

Which was kind of a wonderful compliment.

And I got back into my apartment by midnight, too.

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