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