Welcome to the French Residential newsletter, with language tips, news from
the school and some of what's happening in Gourdon... Enjoy your read!
Reading tip: Get French news articles delivered directly into your feed on Facebook and
Twitter by liking French news pages. Videos are often embedded into the posts, so you get a bite-sized
listening excercise into the bargain!
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News from the school...
This month were are launching into a big reorganization and repaint of the school, before the first courses
begin in March. Weather permitting, the school will get a total refresh, inside and out. It is important to
us that we welcome you ino a clean,organized and comfortable
environment, so that your focus can be on improving your French!
It's never been easier to get to the school! With more low-cost flights serving the airports within easy
reach of Gourdon and new routes opening up all the time, we've completely refreshed the travel
information on our website. Check out our comprehensive explanation of
how to get here.
Listening tip: Make the most of free audio books available to stream and download.
Loyal Books currently has 117 free French audio books on its site. These are largely French
literature classics found in the public domain, so you can also follow the written text at the same time as
What's new in Gourdon...
Throughout 2019, the town of
Gourdon-en-Quercy will be commemorating the 400-year anniversary of the destruction of its castle, with a series of
special events. In addition, a book telling the story has just been published, using evidence from the town's extensive
archives. "1619, Gourdon en Quercy : le château disparu" is available in the local bookshops or
to borrow from the library.
The last lord of Gourdon was Pons de Lauzières-Thémines (1553-1627). His loyalty to the Queen Mother, Mary of Medici,
provoked the anger of the young King Louis XIII, who sent the Duke of Mayenne to take Gourdon in 1619. The castle was
quickly demolished by the Gourdonnais themselves, and its stones were reused in the construction
of the houses on the hill.
To find out more about the fascinating history of Gourdon and to see the scale model of the castle (see image above), we
highly recommend a visit to the town's museum,
La Maison du Sénéchal, which will reopen in April.
Conversation Exchange is a site where you can find a motivated penpal looking to improve their English, in
exchange for helping you to improve your French. Choose your correspondant by age and hobbies to find the right
match. Methods of communication range from Messenger, Skype and WhatsApp, to good old-fashioned letters!
Speaking tip: Do you remember being instructed to "écouter et
répéter" from your school days? Practising speaking French without a partner isn't always
easy, but we suggest you watch this video of
everyday French conversations, repeating each phrase as you go. Whatever your level, you should
improve your spoken French...