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...
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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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