November 2020 Newsletter

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Welcome to our French Residential newsletter.
We've missed you!
So many of you couldn't come on our courses this year - well done to the intrepid few who made it!
Our thoughts are with those having a difficult time.
We hope that we can get together again in better circumstances, but in the meantime here are some tips and articles to help you to keep working on your French...

Giles Murray
Reading French
Reading tip: If you are looking for short articles to read in French on a diverse range of subjects, try Overblog. Bloggers write about anything from lifesyle and culture to sport and business so you can keep up-to-date with your favourite subjects and learn how to discuss them in French at the same time.
News from the school...
As with many other tourism related businesses, our residential French courses have been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. With no light at the end of the tunnel just yet, our 2021 courses will be annonced when things improve. You'll be the first to hear!
The good news is we can continue to help you learn French online with Skype or Zoom, so that when our courses start again you'll be more than ready!
One-on-one conversation classes start at just 20€ per session. For more information click here.
A block of online French lessons is a great Christmas gift for the francophile in your life. What better way to make sure their New Year's resolutions get off to a good start?
Book in time before Christmas and we will send you something to put under the tree. Last-minute bookings will receive a printable presentation.
Listening tip: To brighten up the end of a difficult year, follow our French Residential Advent Calendar!   Each day in December we will unveil a Christmas-themed video.
We have songs, comedy,  recipes and more to get you in the mood for all things festive, à la française
See it on our blog or follow us on Facebook.
Speaking tip:
If you are stuck wondering how to pronounce a word, think to look it up in the online Larousse dictionary which has clear French audiofiles with native speakers. Repeat the word out loud several times and you should have it learned in no time!
A selection of seasonal blog articles:
There are a few French customs around St Catherine's day - some stranger than others...
Something is stirring in the forest... Could it be a crop of wild cèpe (porcini) mushrooms? We go on the trail of this legendary and much sought-after ingredient...
On November 1st, the French will be marking la Toussaint or All Saints' Day, widely known as a day for remembering the dead...
As walnut season comes around we take a look at the nut's history and its uses in the Lot and Dordogne...
See more blog articles...
Writing tip:
Dictées combine listening comprehension with writing skills, and are an integral part of the French educational system from primary school onward. Try this site for spoken texts to write down - and check how well you have done against a correct transcription.
What's new in Gourdon...
This year, municipal elections were held in France. Here in Gourdon, a new team was voted in to began a six-year mandate, headed by a new mayor, Jean-Marie Courtin.
To comply with the new social distancing measures, Gourdon's weekly market has been spread around the tour de ville rather than being concentrated on the place de la Poste. The new format has been such a great success that lots of new stall holders have been added, so it's easier than ever to support our local producers. Masks must be worn, however!
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