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I've been in France for four years (minus several months for work) and have had such a hard time with the language. After four classes, three private tutors and 100s of hours of French CDs, I have made virtually no comprehension progress with the language. I had similar problems with Italian. My dad had terrible hearing issues and then I saw my nephew a couple months ago who said he had been diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder. He told me about it and it was exactly the symptoms I have been experiencing since childhood, which seems to be getting worse as I get older (I'm 53 now). My doctor referred me to a hearing specialist who spoke English. He confirmed, based on my symptoms, that I have a hearing disorder but he can't say for sure it's APD without testing.

He said the problem is that all the testing is done in French, and once tested and the disorder identified, the only treatment is re-education. Of course, the re-education is in French too. He doesn't know anyone anywhere near where I live who does the testing or the re-education in English. He thinks if that exists it would be in Paris which is four hours away, so that is not realistic for me financially. Without the testing, the Doctor is unwilling to write anything indicating that I have a hearing disorder for my Carte application, which is requiring a French interview this year. Things here in France have become to strict lately in regards to speaking the language that I don't think there will be any flexibility with this.

All that to say, that I'm quite sure I will not pass the French interview I must have with the Mayor of our town this spring in order to get my 10 Yr Carte de Sejour. What will happen if I fail it? Will I just get the 1 Yr Carte again or can they actually throw me out of the country? I'm married to a French citizen (for 2.5 years).

Any suggestions on how to handle this situation? I've run out of ideas. I really need the 10 Yr Carte since the one year is very intrusive in my life - I've already lost one very much needed contract because I was stuck sitting in France for months (like every year) waiting for my Carte during the time they wanted me to be organizing an event in the US. I have another opp like this next year and don't want to lose it again because I'm sitting here in France Feb through June waiting for my 1 year Carte again. Help!:eek:
 

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Evidently the requirements for the 10-year-card are in process of being changed, but this is the current Service Public page on the topic: Autres bénéficiaires de la carte de résident - Service-public.fr

I don't believe they'll throw you out of the country if you flunk your interview with the mayor. Probably, you'll just be back on the year to year renewal. But maybe you could try putting together (with help from your French spouse) a short speech, explaining a bit your difficulty with the French language. Memorize your little speech and deliver it at your interview. If you can win over the mayor with your sincerity and your honesty about what appears to be a legitimate language learning difficulty, perhaps he'll go to bat for you.

(Full disclosure: I actually got this idea from a friend in Ireland who had to demonstrate ability in the Celtic language to get and maintain her civil service status. It worked for her - and it's certainly worth a try.)
Cheers,
Bev
 

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Thanks, Bev

Evidently the requirements for the 10-year-card are in process of being changed, but this is the current Service Public page on the topic: Autres bénéficiaires de la carte de résident - Service-public.fr

I don't believe they'll throw you out of the country if you flunk your interview with the mayor. Probably, you'll just be back on the year to year renewal. But maybe you could try putting together (with help from your French spouse) a short speech, explaining a bit your difficulty with the French language. Memorize your little speech and deliver it at your interview. If you can win over the mayor with your sincerity and your honesty about what appears to be a legitimate language learning difficulty, perhaps he'll go to bat for you.

(Full disclosure: I actually got this idea from a friend in Ireland who had to demonstrate ability in the Celtic language to get and maintain her civil service status. It worked for her - and it's certainly worth a try.)
Cheers,
Bev

Thanks, Bev. I'll give it a try. I don't have anything to lose.
 
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