Welcome to the French Residential newsletter, with language tips, news from the
school and some of what's happening in Gourdon... Enjoy your read!
Speaking tip: Nice little idiomatic expressions can really bring your French to
Piquer du nez = to nod off
"Elle a piqué du nez dans son assiette."
- She dozed off during the meal.
What's new in Gourdon...
The Maison du Sénéchal is a recently opened local heritage centre in the historic rue du Majou. A key to
understanding the town's rich history, the centre is a place of discovery: from the development of the town over the
centuries, to its people and customs.
La Fabrique coffee shop is fast becoming Gourdon's favourite destination for a pause
café (coffee break). Run by a young couple, Noura and Cédric, the winning combination of comfy sofas and a
take-your-time atmosphere has proven that independent shops still have their place.
Listening tip: Keep your "ear in"
A peculiarity of spoken French is that without regular exposure, you lose your "ear", i.e. it gets harder
to understand what's being said to you. The solution is simple - listen to French as often as you can!
To get started, we suggest you try the
news in slow French, or if you are ready for more of a challenge, try listening to live news in French on
News from the school...
2017 is a record year here at French Residential, with a whopping 30% increase in students coming to our intensive courses
from April to July. This is partly thanks to your recommending us to your friends and partly because our
website is now ranked higher than ever before by search engines. We are also increasing our visibility on social media,
so you can find us on Facebook and Twitter!
We are still booking places on our remaining course dates for 2017, however, so there is still time to come and improve
Célia is the latest to join the team here in Gourdon. No, she's not a new teacher but our lovely 7 seater Citroën. Now we
can take you on the afternoon outings in real French style!
Our full-time courses still include the four all-important outings to local sites of interest, for which we have our
specially produced fact sheets. That way you can prepare the visit beforehand and be sure to not miss out a thing!
We are currently developing several new outings so that you can discover even more local treasures when we next see you!
Download a French to English dictionary on to your Kindle and set it as the default dictionary when you read
e-books in French. This will help you to get a speedy translation for the words you don't know...
Writing tip: Dictées combine listening comprehension with writing skills, and are an integral part
of the French educational system from primary school onward. Try
this site for writing down a spoken text and check how well you have done against a correct
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