May 2019 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
Reading French
Reading tip: A fun resource for beginners and lower intermediate learners is French Games. It is packed with a whole variety of game types such as Hangman and Four-in-a-row which test your vocabulary and understanding of simple sentences using pictoral clues.
News from the school...
We often have students coming back for a second course with us, but this month we had the great pleasure of seeing Pamela and John for a third time! What do they like so much about our courses?
"We were delighted to return to Gourdon for a third French course to take advantage of the excellent teaching set up with Giles and Thierry. They make a great team and a lot of thought went into each lesson. Learning French with a soupçon of humour thrown in is tops!".
A word of advice for anyone who is unsure? - "Take the plunge, it is worth it."
Read Pamela's full testimonial here
Feedback is very important to us. All students are invited to anonymously complete our online survey on the various aspects of the course. For 2019 the early signs are good that the improvements we have made are working, with 100% of respondents reporting being very satisfied with the course and 100% saying they would recommend us without reservation!

We won't rest on our laurels, however - so keep letting us know what we could do better!
As with many businesses on both sides of the channel, we too have been feeling the effects of Brexit uncertainty. After a slow start to 2019, the delayed exit deadline to 31 October has unleashed lots of enquiries which we are busy dealing with. We confirm that all our advertised courses will be running.
Listening to French
Listening tip: Again, for beginner and lower intermediate students, try the listening exercises on Le Point du FLE. Simple spoken phrases and passages can be played and replayed for you to choose an appropriate response or to identify key information.
What's new in Gourdon...
Each year Gourdon plays host to several art, craft and cultural exhibitions. The season is starting this month - here is a taste of what's on:
Local artist Patrice Carpentier paints outsized canvases of moody, atmospheric scenery. He will be showing his work in an exhibition entitled Errance until 30 May in the Salle des Consuls, behind the Mairie.
Known more for her skills as an art restaurer of medieval works, Martine Sezer is showing a selection of her own work under the theme of Jardin et Nature at the library. Until 30 May.
Visitors are invited to discover Gourdon's history and archives at the Maison du Sénéchal.
Open through to September.
La Maison du Sénéchal
Garden lovers will appreciate the transformation of these formerly abandonned spaces, with a series of strategically placed 'before' photos.
Taking a tour of what's on and talking to the artists and organisers is a great way of practising your French and getting a taste of local life. If you are coming on one of our future courses, find out what's on by consulting the tourist office events calendar on our website page about Gourdon.
Writing tip: For advanced students wishing to perfect written text, try sending your efforts to Orthonet for correction. Created by le Conseil International de la Langue Française, this is a no-frills site that dedicates itself to helping French users avoid any misuse of the language!
Speaking tip: Worried that your travel French might be misunderstood? Fodor's travel site has audio clips of common travel phrases for you to listen to and practise your pronunciation before you leave home. Links found in the top left of the introduction page take you through to greetings, directions, shopping and more.
Recent blogs:
This is one of the world's richest areas for prehistoric sites and underground marvels...
We take a closer look at how the French celebrate Easter...
Cahors is a red wine known rather intriguingly as 'le vin noir'. It has had a fairly turbulent history, as we soon found out...
There's something very fishy going on here in France... Watch your back - it's French April Fools' Day!

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