September 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:
You can test your comprehension of short French texts on French culture at Saber Francés. Each text covers an interesting topic that should help to improve your knowledge of French culture. A test at the end of each text will let you know if you've really caught the gist!
News from the school...
With our penultimate course of 2019 currently underway, we are starting to turn our attention to next year's courses. Our 2020 French course dates are now up on our website. And there's good news for early birds - not only are we holding our 2019 prices but also you can book now and there's nothing to pay until January!  

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2020 Course dates & rates
Speaking tip:
All too commonly people tell us they are fine at reading and writing French but that when they come to speak it, they have real difficulty. This is a simple tip, but why not read out loud? Believe it or not, this will help you speak more fluidly when you find yourself in a real conversation!
What's new in Gourdon...
The Journées Européenes du Patrimoine are held on the 3rd weekend of September every year, and Gourdon always joins in the event, with free exhibitions and visits around the town. This year, the event's special theme was 'Arts et divertissements'. We were amazed to discover that in the 1970s, this little town of 5000 people was home to an impressive international music festival. The principal patron of the festival was the Queen of Denmark, who had a home nearby. Thanks to her royal influence, the festival boasted great names such as Maria Callas, Mstislav Rostropovitch and Sviatoslav Richter!
Writing tip:
Do you want to write something in French, but are lacking in inspiration? This list of 365 writing prompts in French will make sure you have ideas a-plenty. Who knows? Maybe that unwritten novel might finally see the light of day!
Listening tip:
UK readers may be interested to know that the French-language service of France 24 is available, free, to anyone with a smart TV. You can find it through Vision TV on the terrestrial digital channel 264.
Thanks to Colin for the tip!
Recent blogs:
With the September wine fairs about to start up all over France, we dust off our wine vocabulary...
Rummage for the right change and not the right words!
These sayings get used a lot, so it's worth familliarising yourself with them, or risk being comme une poule qui a trouvé un couteau !
Brush up on your kitchen French to start cooking (and speaking) like a chef...
See more blog articles...
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