French in Normandy

New from French in Normandy: DELF DALF Online

French in Normandy: a pioneer in DELF DALF online flexible learning
Need to improve your DELF DALF skills but don’t have the time or the budget to spend 3 months in France ?
With French in Normandy you can study for the DELF DALF whenever and wherever you choose.
With French in Normandy Online you can get where you want to be.

Our Delf and Dalf online preparation courses focuses on Levels B2, (DELF) C1 and C2 (DALF) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Course Content

Your course will be designed based on the results from your placement test and needs analysis. You will cover all four skills and work on exercises designed to meet the requirements of the Diplomas

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Reading and Use of French
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

How does it work?

Step 1 Fill in the French in Normandy online registration form giving us your availabilities for your flexible learning programme and the date you wish to start

Step 2 Organise your oral test by skype, hangouts, messenger, telephone

Step 3 We will then send you your planning for Week I which will include:

  • WRITTEN EXPRESSION
  • READING COMPREHENSION
  • LISTENING COMPREHENSION
  • A ONE HOUR PRACTICE SESSION FOR THE ORAL EST WITH THIRTY MINUTE ONE TO ONE ORAL
  • A THIRTY MINUTE FEEDBACK SESSION AT THE END OF EVERY WEEK

 

Questions? Download our DELF DALF Online flyer for more details

All Inclusive Pricing Structure

  PREPARATION ONLINE PRICE IMMERSION / WEEK MATERIAL /BOOKING REGISTRATION FEES
Package 1 4 WEEKS 850 EUROS 330 260 EUROS 60 EUROS
Package 2 6 WEEKS 1150 EUROS 330 260 EUROS 60 EUROS
Package 3 8 WEEKS 1300 EUROS 319 260 EUROS 60 EUROS
Package 4 10 WEEKS 1600 EUROS 319 120 EUROS 60 EUROS
Each package includes a telephone test before hand, the materiel required online and in class, the exam fees and all fees relating to the booking of the exam, material and registration.

Dates for the DELF DALF Exam in Rouen

The Exams are taken in our partner centre in Rouen town centre: 13 Boulevard de Verdun, Rouen;

Opening registration: B2, C1/C2

Contact us for exam dates.

DELF or DALF

DELF or DALF?

DELF: Diplôme d’études en langue française – (Diploma in French language studies)

DALF: Diplôme approfondi de langue française – (Advanced Diploma in French language studies)

DELF or DALF

The DELF and DALF exams assess the communicative skills of a candidate in real situations using authentic documents and they evaluate functional knowledge of communication. These exams are issued by the French Ministry of Education and as such, are recognised everywhere in the world.

FIN and DELF/DALF preparation:

French in Normandy is very proud of our exam success rates over the years. In 2017 we had a 97% success rate. Our DELF and DALF preparation course follows the exam requirements and has been devised in response to student demand:

Our morning classes focus on Grammar, Reading and Writing, Listening and Speaking to ensure that students have the basic language skills required for each level of the exam, following the same structure as our Semi-Intensive course.  This is integral to being successfully prepared for the exams.

In the afternoons the course is dedicated solely to exam tutorials, each one focusing on specific DELF/DALF papers. Students have a course books for extra work and our teachers also give all the necessary supplementary materials. The course also contains practice sessions for all students throughout the course, with personalised correction and feedback. These tutorials and the practice runs are all included in the course fee covering the oral and written comprehension and production parts of the exam(s).  The oral production is done face-to-face to reproduce the exam situation. Several of our French in Normandy teachers are qualified and experienced DELF/DALF examiners and their experience, combined with the tutorials and exam practice means students will be confident and well prepared for the exam at the end of the course.

More on DELF/DALF Qualifications:

DELF Preparation

  • In the DELF preparation course, you will study all four language skills, (reading, writing listening and speaking).
  • The course includes a final mock examination so that you know what to expect on the day and take the examination fully prepared.
  • If your level in French already corresponds to approximately 400 hours of French tuition or more, you can sit for a special assessment test to have access to DELF Stage 2 without sitting for the 4 units of DELF Stage 1.
  • Holders of DELF Stage 2 have a general knowledge of French civilization and can analyse a text and present it both orally and in writing.
  • At French In Normandy you can prepare for DELF and choose the length of your course. You can also take the examination in Rouen.
  • Our preparation courses favour rapid progression as you are in groups with a maximum number of 10 students.

DALF Preparation

  • The DALF preparation course is divided into 4 units; This diploma corresponds to an extensive knowledge of the French language. Its holder is able to master college level of expression – summary, document synthesis, essay, and oral presentation – in chosen fields of specialization: humanities and social sciences, economics, law, mathematics or life sciences.

  • At French In Normandy you can prepare the and DALF and choose the length of your course and you can take the examination in Rouen.

  • Our DALF preparation courses favour rapid progression as you are in groups with a maximum number of 12 students

  • You will study all four language skills, (reading, writing listening and speaking) and our friendly and experienced staff will ensure that you reach your goal as quickly as possible.

  • The DALF preparation course includes a final mock examination so that you know what to expect on the day and take the examination fully prepared.

For more information on prices and booking, or if you have any questions you can visit our website and contact us: https://www.frenchinnormandy.com/prices/

 

Le français- cette langue qui nous réunit

French in Normandy sponsors 4th annual Congress for French teachers across the Arab World (CMA) in Agadir, Morocco

This regional congress of the FIPF (International Federation of French Language Teachers) brings together teachers from North Africa and the Middle East but of course is open to teachers of French worldwide. The opening speeches and the fascinating paper presented by Jean Louis Calvet all gave different perspectives on the role and importance of the French language.

 


French is the official language of 36 countries with over 64 million French speakers second only to English which is the official language of 63 nations worldwide.

The statistics presented by J.L. Calvet on the different languages across the globe left us in no doubt as to the importance of the French language, not just today but also in tomorrow’s world as well as underlining the necessity for people to be able to speak more than one language.

The role of the teacher and their importance is at the heart of President Macron’s project for the promotion of the French language and France. The French language is a motor for a real plurilingualism which will facilitate integration, further study and open doors for millions of young people around the world.

French is the second most taught and used language in international universities (74% compared to 97% for English) and the excellence of French higher education is well known globally.

French in Normandy has several partners for further study in France encouraging students to come to Rouen to learn or perfect their level of French before starting on a course of higher education with local engineering schools such as the ECSI, INSA or ESIGELEC. We also provide an option for vocational excellence with the INBP (Institut Français de la Boulangerie et de la Pâtisserie), not forgetting the local university and business schools.

Learning to speak French changed the life of French in Normandy Director, Eleri Maitland, and so by definition changed the life of  her husband and children’s experience. Speaking another language has given her an inestimable chance and has opened so many windows to the world. Passing those same opportunities onto young people, whatever their nationality or age, and transmitting the pleasure of a multilingual and multicultural life is French in Normandy’s ultimate goal.

French in Normandy is a convinced that learning languages is the way to bring peoples together, a force for tolerance and respect and a solid building block in the construction of a better, more equitable world.

Le français c’est une chance……

French Vocabulary Illnesses and Ailments

French Vocabulary for Illnesses and Ailments

Learn how to talk about illnesses in French and prepare for a doctor’s visit in France.

French Vocabulary Illnesses and AilmentsGetting sick is never fun, but being in a foreign country and not being able to communicate when you need medical help can definitely ruin your stay abroad. These resources will help you learn some important French vocabulary for illnesses and ailments so that you can communicate with French-speaking doctors, dentists, nurses, and pharmacists.

This blog post including sound bites will teach you the simple words and phrases along with the pronunciation you will need when asking for medical help.

Some basic French vocabulary to keep in mind can be seen below. 

health
la santé

good health
en bonne santé

bad health
en mauvaise santé

an infection
une infection

a chill
un frisson

the flu
la grippe

a cold
un rhume

a throat infection
une angine

a sinus infection
une sinusite aiguë

an allergy
une allergie

a handkerchief
un mouchoir

a kleenex
un kleenex

to feel well
se sentir bien

to have a cold
être enrhumé

to cough
tousser

to sneeze
éternuer

to have a head ache
avoir mal à la tête

to have an ear ache
avoir mal aux oreilles

to have a stomach ache
avoir mal au ventre

to have a throat ache
avoir mal à la gorge

to have a fever
avoir de la fièvre

a runny nose
le nez qui coule

itchy eyes
les yeux qui piquent

to have a scratchy throat
la gorge qui gratte

sick
malade

viral
viral

bacterial
bactérien

allergic
allergique

le médecin
the doctor

the patient
le malade

a diagnosis
un diagnostic

a prescription
une ordonnance

to suffer
souffrir

to open
ouvrir

to examine
examiner

to listen to the stethoscope
ausculter

to breath
respirer

to prescribe
prescrire

a pharmacist
un pharmacien

a pharmacy
une pharmacie

a medicine
un medicament

a pill
un comprimé

a antibiotic
un antibiotique

a syrup
un sirop

penicillin
de la pénicilline

aspirin
de l’aspirine

to swallow
avaler


Watch the video below to understand what a doctor’s visit is like in France and what you may be asked if you need to go to the doctor in France.

 

Some questions include:

1: Quel est votre problème?

2: C’est la 1ère fois que ça vous arrive?

3: Avez-vous eu un traitement?

4: Vous ne prenez pas d’aspirine?

5: un traitement local pendant 3 ou 4 jours.

6: la ordonnance (the prescription for the medicine you must get)

7: la feuille de soins (paper for your insurance)

8: la consultation est à 8 euros

9: vous pouvez régler par carte ou en liquide


French Vocabulary Illnesses and Ailments


Learn more French with a French language course at French in Normandy!

learn french quickly

How to learn French quickly and with ease

Everything you need to know to learn French quickly and efficiently


Would you like to speak French fluently ? Do you feel ready to start learning the language of Moliere? I am sure you are ! But maybe you are not sure about how to go about it… No panic ! In this article I am going to give you some tips and explain step by step how to learn French quickly and with ease.

learn french quickly


To learn a foreign language, there are mainly two possibilities :

  • Studying by yourself, with a private teacher if possible.
  • Going to the country where the language is spoken and preferably taking courses in an accredited school.

Of course you can do both ! For example you could add one or two weeks of French courses in France to your personal training. In any case, to learn a foreign language efficiently, be prepared to be consistent with regular learning sessions. There are some habits you will need to acquire.

Habits you need to get into :

  • Be disciplined, probably the most important one, it could be difficult to master in the long term but if you want to progress, you have no choice ! Certainly you are motivated to learn French right now, but like sporting activities, it is a temporary feeling. After several weeks of training, it is highly likely that you will feel discouraged, when that happens only self-discipline will give you the strength to continue ! You will just have to bite the bullet. Tell yourself : « Every day, I will study French for thirty minutes, period ». Moreover, you new found ability to stick to your guns will be very useful in other parts of your life ! Several scientific studies say that the human brain needs 21 days acquire a new habit, so beginning will be the most difficult time but after three weeks i twill become part of your routine!
  • Be clear about your goals, plan step by step your progress. For example : « I have four months to reach A2 level. »
  • Be consistent, you will learn much better by studying thirty minutes everyday that four hours once a week. That is how human brain works ! Of course you have to be disciplined to be regular.

To sum up, bear in mind these rules : Regularity, organization and self-discipline. Now that you have understood the importance of these rules, let’s start learning French ! Here I tell you how to proceed step by step.

First step : Learn the basics. (A1-A2 level)

As I told you before, you have two possibilities to learn French quickly : you can study in a French school in France or you can study on your own. Obviously the first option is the most efficient, but also the more expensive. If you can afford this, do not hesitate ! Another solution is to buy a short course (one or two weeks). Even a short trip to France is ideal to put your language to good use and practice. This will also help you keep motivated.

I will talk about it at the end of this article. First let’s see how to organise your training. Here are my suggestions :

  • Learn the French alphabet. This is the first thing you have to do ! Try to pronounce each letter out loud. Repeat several times.
  • Study minimum thirty minutes every day, find a method which is not focus only on grammar, it is better to start by learning whole sentences. By doing this you will memorize vocabulary and you will be able to talk about simple topics. I would suggest the Assimil method, Teach yourself, books and online material…
  • Learn the common, everyday words.
  • Try to listen to the French language every day, a huge amount of content is available on the internet : songs, tv channels, audiobooks… Try them all ! Little by little you ear will get tuned. The BBC has several excellent programmes too.

Learning the basics alone requires several months. If you follow my suggestions, you should progress fast !

Step Two : Strengthening. (B1-B2 level)

You can be proud of yourself ! You have been learning French for several months and now you can talk generally about a few of your favourite subjects! For the following period, proceed like this :

  • It is time to study grammar ! You have learned a lot of words but now you need to understand the logic of the French language. Find a good method that focus on grammar and a dictionary of verbs and how to conjugate them (there is a good one called Bescherelle).
  • Keep listening to French ! Try a website such as Lyrics Training. You will have to listen and complete the lyrics of French songs, that is a fun way to improve your comprehension skills.
  • Sign up to a website like italki where you can find a teacher or a native pen pal. This is a way to keep motivated. Just one class a week would be very effective !
  • Start to watch French movies or series with subtitles.

Step Three : Advanced training. (C1-C2 level)

Congratulations ! Now your French is really getting good ! Let’s continue studying at an advanced level ! There is much to do now:

  • Read books, press articles, websites… You will learn more and more vocabulary and you will master the syntax. Do not translate words, only those which stop you from getting the gist. Read topics that you are interested in.
  • Watch television, movies and French series. It is quite easy to find content online. For example Netflix is available in several languages.
  • Continue keeping some classes on Skype if possible.
  • Travel to France ! It is time to put your language into practice ! You should really try to do this, you deserve it !

learn french in france

To conclude…

I would like to stress that nowadays the best way to learn a language is to go abroad. When you experience full immersion, you learn very quickly and it is always interesting to discover a new culture. If you can afford to do this, you will also understand how important is to choose the right language school. To progress quickly, choose a French school that has the French government quality label. I would strongly recommend French in Normandy in Rouen because it offers : quality courses, a super cosy, friendly atmosphere, it is easy to get to Paris and Rouen is a very beautiful French city… This article will help you to know how to choose the best French language school.

Last but not least, do not forget that you now have everything you need to succeed ! Good luck ! Bon continuation !

Le label Qualité français langue étrangère | Label Qualité FLE

Label d’État administré par le Centre international d’études pédagogiques, le label Qualité français langue étrangère a pour objectif d’identifier, de valoriser et de promouvoir les centres de français langue étrangère dont l’offre linguistique et les services présentent des garanties de qualité. Il y a aujourd’hui une centaine de centres labellisés, de tous statuts, dans toute la France ce qui permet au plus grand nombre d’apprenants de trouver un centre adapté à la formation qu’il recherche .

Créé par décret en 2007, le label est délivré par le ministère de l’enseignement supérieur, de la recherche et de l’innovation, le ministère de la culture et le ministère de l’Europe et des affaires étrangères

Au-delà de sa mission première de proposer une offre fiable de cours de français dans le paysage des centres d’enseignement du français langue étrangère en France, le label permet aussi d’accompagner les centres dans le développement d’une démarche progressive d’amélioration de la qualité des services – que ces centres soient ou non candidats à la labellisation – dans la mesure où tous les outils sont disponibles et adaptés pour une auto-évaluation.

séjour linguistique en France

5 raisons de faire un séjour linguistique en France

Vous apprenez le français ? Vous envisagez de faire un séjour linguistique en France ? Vous hésitez à franchir le pas ?

Dans cet article je vous donne 5 bonnes raisons de réaliser un séjour linguistique en France ! Embarquez, l’aventure vous attend !

séjour linguistique en France


Premier avantage : L’immersion linguistique.

Eh oui, une fois en France vous serez plongé dans un monde totalement francophone, ce qui aura un effet particulièrement positif sur votre cerveau. En effet, le fait de perdre ses repères va forcer ce dernier à s’adapter, l’apprentissage de la langue se fera donc beaucoup plus rapidement. C’est pourquoi plusieurs professeurs de langue conseillent de se créer une « bulle » dans laquelle vous pouvez simuler cette immersion linguistique. Par exemple vous pouvez mettre votre téléphone en français, écouter la radio et la télévision française sur internet, etc. Tout ceci contribue à forcer le cerveau à enregistrer avec une plus grande efficacité la langue. Ainsi, lors d’un séjour linguistique, vous serez entièrement plongé dans un monde francophone, ce qui aura pour effet un apprentissage beaucoup plus rapide.

Conseil : ne soyez pas tenté de vous tourner vers vos compatriotes, sinon votre cerveau aura beaucoup plus de mal à s’adapter !

Deuxième avantage : L’immersion culturelle.

Apprendre une langue, c’est aussi s’intéresser à la culture locale ! Durant vos cours, de nombreux thèmes seront abordés afin d’enrichir vos connaissances en civilisation française. Le fait d’étudier certaines périodes historiques, le cinéma, la gastronomie, la littérature, les célébrités et même plusieurs coutumes et traditions vous aidera réellement à penser comme les français. Chaque langue est unique et transmet une vision du monde différente, vous avez donc l’occasion d’apprendre à réfléchir autrement. Certaines études démontrent même que les langues influencent l’humeur et la personnalité !

Conseil : Il est quasiment toujours possible de choisir un hébergement en famille d’accueil, optez pour cette formule afin d’en apprendre plus sur la manière de vivre des français !

Troisième avantage : Partez à la rencontre des natifs !

Vous aurez bien évidemment l’occasion de faire connaissance avec des français. Le fait de développer un réseau social est excellent pour vous faire progresser considérablement dans votre apprentissage. Vous apprendrez le vocabulaire de la vie courante ainsi que de nombreuses expressions ! Si possible, sortez et participez à un maximum d’activités (sport, musées, bars…). Ainsi, vous allez rencontrer des gens avec qui vous partagez des passions communes, ce sera donc plus facile de nouer des liens d’amitié !

Bonus : si vous êtes célibataire, qui sait, peut-être allez-vous rencontrer un(e) petit(e)-ami(e) français(e) ! Idéal pour pratiquer, non ?

Quatrième avantage : Vivez une expérience incroyable !

Lorsque vous choisissez une école de langue réputée, vous avez la garantie de passer un séjour inoubliable ! Pourquoi cela ? Plusieurs raisons :

  • Vous allez bénéficier d’une excellente qualité de cours, vous apprendrez donc plus vite.
  • L’ambiance est toujours très agréable, c’est un endroit idéal pour faire connaissance avec des apprenants du monde entier.
  • Des activités sont quasiment toujours proposées, vous aurez donc l’occasion de découvrir les plus beaux endroits à proximité de la ville. Veillez à choisir une école qui propose ce genre d’excursions !
  • Le tourisme ! La France est le pays le plus visité du monde, vous aurez l’occasion de parcourir ce beau pays !

Conseil : si je devais recommander une école en particulier, je choisirais French in Normandy à Rouen, la capitale de la Normandie. Outre le fait qu’il s’agisse d’une école de haute qualité, garantissant un apprentissage rapide, elle est très bien située géographiquement. Vous y aurez l’occasion de découvrir Paris, le Mont Saint-Michel, les falaises normandes ainsi que le centre-ville de Rouen ! De plus, la Normandie est l’une des régions les plus célèbres de France !

Mont-Saint Michel

Cinquième avantage : Une occasion de passer les examens officiels, le DELF ou le DALF !

Il vous sera beaucoup plus facile de passer un examen officiel reconnaissant mondialement votre niveau de langue. Les écoles de langues sont des endroits où il est possible de passer ce type d’épreuve. Décrocher un tel certificat apporterait un sérieux atout à votre CV !

De plus, si vous validez un niveau B2 ou C1, vous aurez même l’occasion de pouvoir faire vos études en France. Les écoles de langues étant souvent partenaires avec des établissements d’enseignement supérieur, vous n’aurez aucun mal à vous insérer dans le cursus universitaire français. Plusieurs écoles et universités sont très bien réputées internationalement.

En conclusion…

Désormais, vous n’avez plus aucune excuse pour ne pas faire un séjour linguistique en France ! Ce projet peut s’avérer couteux mais c’est vraiment un achat utile ! Vous investirez ainsi sur vous-même et le fait de parler français vous servira durant toute votre vie. Réaliser un séjour linguistique dans une bonne école, c’est avoir la garantie de progresser rapidement et de vivre une expérience enrichissante et inoubliable ! N’attendez plus, commencez dès maintenant à planifier votre séjour !

Le football c’est l’école de la vie… Albert Camus ⚽️🏃🏾

football ecole de la vie5 Groupement fle schools supported a competition organised by the French linguistic attaché in Spain, Manuela Ferrero Pinto. The French Ambassador, M Yves Saint-Geours in Spain was the guest of honour at the Institut Français de Madrid at the ceremony to give out the prizes to enthusiastic young learners of French.

The national competition, to celebrate the anniversary of French author Albert Camus’ Nobel Prize award, was organised by the Institut Français in Spain. Existential author Camus was 44 when he received the award and had been a first class footballer until tuberculosis cut short his sporting career.

Groupement fle schools Accent Français , CMAF, Cap d’ail, French in Normandy, Institut de Touraine and LSF all supported the initiative giving a week of French lessons to winning teams of 6 from various schools throughout Spain. 

Said Groupement fle spokesperson Eleri Maitland, who was present at the ceremony on behalf of GFLE, “Groupement fle is proud to partner the Institut Français in Spain. Our job is to encourage and support initiatives that put the French language centre stage. Naturally, as the number one network of French language schools in France, it is our role to work closely with French government institutions to encourage and promote the French language. We are delighted to have been instrumental in this fantastic and very successful project and we look forward to welcoming the winners to France this year“.


A Good Test of my French | Student Blog

Back to England and an unexpected French lesson for Alan


Bonne Année mes amis,

J’espère que tu as passe de bonnes vacances ?

I did, but not until after a little French adventure! It’s Friday 22nd December and after a few lunchtime celebrations and Joyeux Noels at the school, all the little elves were rushing home for Christmas. Including me who had left French in Normandy and taken a leisurely drive to Ouistreham, near Caen, to catch my overnight ferry back to England to see family and friends and astound them with my linguistic excellence over the Christmas period. I arrived at the port early, 4.45pm, chilled and ready to have a relaxing dinner before boarding at 10pm; but then disaster struck! I noticed a red battery light on my dashboard had come one; then while I am staring at it wondering if I can make it across to England to deal with it, the rest of the dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree; as pretty but not as welcome I can tell you. Then the engine stopped.

It’s now 5pm, the last Friday before Christmas, it’s raining heavily, my emergency breakdown insurance had lapsed, and I had not renewed it, silly boy. It is now that a little extra French language practice was going to begin. I noticed a gendarmerie van with three officers in it parked nearby. I walked over and politely ‘frappe la porte’ and in my best French asked if they could help me as my car had “…ma voiture est tombée en panne…”. They asked if I had insurance cover and gave a little gallic shrug when I said no. I took this to mean you’re on your own mate; so, I trudged back to the car wondering what to do. However, I did the French police a disservice as a few minutes
later they walked over to say in a mix of French and English that they had found and called a breakdown truck. I was very grateful and even broke open some Christmas chocolates to say thank you, which being good policeman they politely declined. Anyway, less than 30 minutes passed, and the breakdown truck arrived with a lovely man called Jacques to look after me. He spoke not one word of English, so off I went again, explaining the batterie est mort. He popped the bonnet and within 30 seconds had discovered the problem, le courroie de ventilateur est cassé. A broken fan belt to you and me. I was going nowhere tonight and nowhere for the next week in my car!

Donc…now I had to organise the car to be towed to the garage in Caen, for them to keep it safe until I returned and to organise the repair. In the meantime, I had to reserve a hotel for the evening, change my boat reservation, book a hire car for me to collect from Caen railway station, arrange to collect my suitcases from my car in the morning and arrange a taxi to collect me to take me to Hertz office in the morning. All of it in French! By the time I had sat down in the hotel restaurant that evening and hit the carafe du vin rouge that was essential if I was to remain sane, I felt exhausted but also a rather smug sense of satisfaction at what I had achieved. I guarantee I would not have been able to have organised all of this in French just six weeks before. To complete the tale, off I went in my little Peugeot rental car for two weeks and I had a lovely Christmas with family and friends. I had to, of course, alter my return crossing on the telephone from England because I needed to arrive on the Saturday to collect my car and return the hire car (another successful conversation). By the time I arrived back and returned the hire car and picked my repaired vehicle up, I was speaking like a native. Well, not really, but certainly my confidence was high even if my French was pretty lousy.

At this point I’d like to tell my English friends that the rumours about French people not talking to you unless your French is perfect is utter rubbish. Every person I met could not have done more to help me. They spoke slowly, they repeated words and sentences, so I could understand, and they even chipped in with the odd phrase in English. I even had a conversation with the hotel patron about it and he said the problem is “you Eengleesh, you ask me if I parler anglais and if I say a leetle, you begin talking to me as if I am fluent…”. I think us Brits need to try harder.

Anyway, that was that. A very handy little exercise in French and a large reminder to renew one’s breakdown cover on one’s car. I dare not tell you how much it all cost me!!

So, its January 8th, first day back at school and this week we are under the watchful eye of the senior Professeur, Olivier. I was a little apprehensive this morning I must admit. The morning period was spent huddled in a circle having a little conversation about names and introductions and where we lived. Basically, a little refresher and my goodness it was needed by all of us. Lots of blank looks and painful frowns as we struggled to recall vocabulary and grammar but by break time it was gradually seeping back into our befuddled brains. By close of day today we were back on the ball and learning new stuff. Prof Olivier’s bad-boy reputation is unjustified as he turned out to be as much fun and laughter as the rest of his colleagues, and he wears a natty line in checked trousers as well!

I’ll keep you posted.

Alan