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