August 2017 Newsletter

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Welcome to the French Residential newsletter, with language tips, news from the school and some of what's happening in Gourdon... Enjoy your read!

Giles Murray
Speaking tip: Nice little idiomatic expressions can really bring your French to life!

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...
Maison du Sénéchal
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
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 France 24
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 your French!
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!
Reading tip:
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 transcription...
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