November 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 good source for French interactive reading is the Language Guide. Texts of different levels are accompanied by voice-over readings, which can be paused or repeated. Translations in English of words and phrases can be seen simply by mousing over.
News from the school...
You make us what we are, so thank you! Here at French Residential, we believe that feedback is the breakfast of champions. We studiously looked over your feedback to our 2018 courses, to make our 2019 courses the best ever. It seems we came out top of the class! 100% of respondents to our post-course survey this year reported that they were very satisfied with the course. Moreover, 100% said that they would definitely recommend our courses to a friend!
If you are looking for an original idea for a Christmas gift, why not treat your favorite fellow Francophile to French lessons with us? From Skype conversations to our Full French Course, all of our learning options are tailored to the student's level. We will send you a personalized voucher, either by post or by email to print, that you can wrap and put under the tree! What's more, pay nothing until January! Get in touch with us to find out more...
Speaking and listening tip:
Why not take advantage of the Black Friday sales to order an Amazon Echo connected speaker? Hone your pronunciation and listening skills by resetting the language to ask Alexa anything you like in French and to get the answer en français too..!
What's new in Gourdon...
The French love a good Christmas market and the Gourdonnais are no exception. This weekend, local artisans will be setting up stall in the wonderful Les Cordeliers church. We will be there too, getting into the Christmas spirit and getting a few presents ticked off the list. We will also be doing the rounds of the other local Christmas markets, including the famous Christmas village in Sarlat, with its outdoor ice-skating rink and delicious food.
Vin chaud, anyone?
The new owners of the coffee shop D'un monde à l'autre are "cofficianados" without compare. Nathalie and Laurent, originally from the Paris area, do torréfaction (coffee-roasting) on site, using coffee beans from all over the world. Situated à deux pas from the school, we often catch the delicious aromas! The owners are happy to explain the how and why of the process and give you their recommendation, whether you pop in for a noisette or an allongé
Ça donne envie !
Writing tip:
Be much stricter with yourself on noun genders - la or le, une or un, etc. Getting it right matters, as it also affects the agreements of adjectives and verb endings. Use our cheat's guide to noun genders to get ahead of the game. If in doubt, check using a tool such as Linguee.
Recent blogs:
There are a few French customs around St Catherine's day - some stranger than others...
Is Greta Thunberg right to sue the French? We look at what France is doing to fight the climate crisis...
On November 1st, the French will be marking "la Toussaint" or All Saints' Day, widely known as a day for remembering the dead...
See more blog articles...
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