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July 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:
Taking your flashcards everywhere with you is now as simple as grabbing your phone! Simply download the Flashcards+  app and you'll be learning vocabulary on the move with your own custom card lists.
Thanks to Nick for the tip!
News from the school...
In response to popular demand, we are now able to offer individual French tuition via Skype. Lessons are available to anyone, whether they have been on one of our courses or not.

Available all year round, we will tailor make your lessons to ensure you make maximum progress.
We have created a dedicated page on our website to explain how to get started with lessons and how to install and use Skype, with the help of some useful video tutorials.
 
Speaking tip:
With Duolingo's learning app you can choose to learn French for as little as a few minutes each day. One function we particularly like is the ability to have your pronunciation corrected, word by word, Simply repeat back the app's examples and it will flag up where you need to improve.
What's new in Gourdon...
The summer festival season is well under way here in Gourdon. For French music lovers, we have just had the annual Leo Ferré festival which celebrates the famous chanson française singer who had ties to Gourdon. Now it's the turn of the gospel, jazz and blues festival. Our favourite event of them all is just around the corner, however: Les Médiévales de Gourdon transport the town's historic quarter way back in time to celebrate all things medieval, with encampments, reinactments and street performances, all against the perfect backdrop!
(Les Médiévales de Gourdon - Image courtesy of Gourdon's tourist office.)
                    

Listening and writing tip:
A double whammy for mastering both these skills at the same time is the French education system's favourite: la dictée. French school children are given these exercises to do all the time. They involve listening to a text read out loud and writing down what you hear. The text is then marked for accuracy. Try the dictées on the ToLearnFrench website. They are ranked by difficulty, so you can progress both your listening and your writing skills in perfect unison!
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