February 2020 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: Improve your French vocabulary whilst cooking up something delicious. Following a French recipe will bring French flavour to your table whilst enabling you to understand a French menu with greater ease. We like Cuisine à la Française for its vast recipe bank. Read our blog on French cuisine vocabulary to help you along the way...
News from the school...
Here at French Residential we are very sad to be waking up with the UK having now left the EU. Many of our students come from the UK so we know a great many of them will be sad too. We know in our hearts that the longstanding friendship between France and the UK will continue, nonetheless. For any British people that are unsure of post Brexit travel arrangements to France and the rest of the EU, ABTA have useful up-to-date information on their website. The good news for British travellers is that nothing is set to change during the transition period, currently expected to run until the end of December 2020.
In January, Giles was sworn in at the Cour d'Appel d'Agen as an expert judiciaire. This means that he can now be called upon as an official interpreter, working with a juge d'instruction (investigating magistrate) either in court or down at the gendarmarie.  
So if you're caught doing something naughty while you're here, it might be Giles who turns up at the police station. However, if you've done one of our courses, you shouldn't need him!  
As a professional linguist living and working in France for 15 years, Giles feels that it's nice to be able to give something back and serve a useful public role.
Speaking tip: Get busy on YouTube!
You might not get to speak French every day, so between times use YouTube to build your repertoire of those little idiomatic expressions that make conversation easier. A great place to start is Français avec Pierre 
Listening tip: We recommend that you listen to French radio as much as possible, to "get your ear in". There are many different stations, so you can be sure to find one that suits you. To get a full list of links to French radio stations streaming online, search by genre at Radio.fr.
What's new in Gourdon...
Gourdon has just hosted its 12th annual truffle market. Despite this year's poor growing season, there were 15 harvesters present, selling a total of 9kg of truffles between them. Doesn't sound like much? Well the price per kilo ranged from 800€ to 1000€! The biggest truffle weighed in at a whopping 280g.
A number of celebrity chefs were present, showing how to cook up some truffle based gastronomic delights, whilst The National Brotherhood of the Tuber Melanosporum, in formal dress, gave out prizes for the best fungal specimens.

If you missed our blog article discovering this wonderful ingredient, read it here.
Writing tip: Even the most confident French writers, including the French themselves, can have a crisis of confidence when writing condolence cards or formal letters. When you really can't afford to slip up, we recommend that you look to resources such as L'OBS, which suggests letter templates that you can adapt to your situation.
Recent blogs:
5 low-effort ways to learn French every day
Are you learning French as effectively as you can? Have you tried the "little and often" approach? This article will give you 5 ways to do it better, every day!
On 6th January the French mark the end of the festive period with "une galette des Rois"...
Here in the South-West of France, our friends and neighbours start around now proffering Christmas greetings... These 5 following greetings are the most popular...
See more blog articles...
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