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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


 

Even the grammaire is fun | Student blog

December recap from our friend Alan


Well as you can tell by the date my blog kind of got forgotten, I’m sorry but it has been a little busy. In the last 3 weeks we have had 3 different teachers – Christine of course, Diane and Selma. Each one of these great teachers brought a different complexion to the lessons. It provides great variety and keeps you on your toes. As for subject matter – phew – we have done everything!

We have discussed daily what each of us has been getting up to in the evenings after school or at the week-ends ……Qu’est-ce que tu fait hier soir? Week-end?…..the answers as you may imagine have been hilarious as we each try and explain the bewildering variety of activities in our less than perfect French and with a severely limited vocabulary. I mean what is the French word for chasing after runaway dogs; cooking Korean noodles in your bedsit, or getting lost in the back streets of Rouen?

Once the mornings hilarity subsides we get down to the serious business of learning, you know things like grammaire, dictée, et écrive. In actual fact, even the grammaire is fun although it still pushes ones little grey cells.

We are put into situations using all kinds of media – the internet, Youtube videos and photographs and have to use the lessons of grammar, the new vocabulary, reading, listening and writing to either describe what we are seeing or conduct a little role play. We have each described and presented about our hometowns – describing a haunted house tour in Stratford upon Avon was very funny.

We have all travelled to Paris by train and organised the return journey, even discussing first or second class; we have visited all kinds of shops and discussed minor and major ailments at the doctors – the use of a bad head from over imbibing seemed to be used and remembered a lot!

We have covered a little French and world geography which is interesting as where Canada is depends very much upon where you come from in the first place – from France it is definitely in the l’oest but if you come from Japan its definitely from l’est! The aural difference between the two is miniscule. (On the subject of miniscule, did you know majuscule was french for a capital letter?) I now have a working knowledge of Carcassonne which a very historic town in the south east of France. So much of this geography is useful and role playing being in a tourist office is extremely useful. Regrettably we have not actually visited these places but we have done other things.

One evening we made la carte noel – complete with glitter and glue. We all, yes including me, got roped in to some kind of cabaret dance routine whilst working in the technology room – I still don’t know what that was all about? We learnt each others ‘surnom’ which to my English speaking friends is not the family name when in France but is in fact your nickname. Meg, Essissimo, Arri’ Professeur D’amour and Shep have all been used extensively since.

We said a fond and a sad farewell to Dayze and Arrianne from Sao Paolo, Megumi from Tokyo, Elly from Bonn and Patrick from Gieswil. We shall miss them next week, its strange how quickly you become friends in the face of collective adversity!

Finally to close this week we had a dégustation d’huîtres – oyster tasting – hosted by the ever effervescent Vanessa , Cri-cri (nickname of Christine) and supervised by mini-Christine her beautiful little girl. A great couple of weeks and oddly I do seem to be improving. I have been to the post office, the boulangerie, the supermarche and a restaurant and held successful conversations in each without having to revert to ‘Je suis desolé, je suis Anglais’ at all.

More to follow, keep reading. A bientot mes amis!

Alan


First week back at school – Part Deux | Student Blog

We’re back with Alan, from Stratford upon Avon, Home of William Shakespeare. Alan is a young 57 year old student who has come to Rouen to learn French before a) embarking on a 1000 mile horse trek on the Route D’Artagnan through France and into Italy and b) with a view to living in France permanently. Read on to learn more about his first week as a student at FIN…


Salut, everyone! It’s now one week since I started at French in Normandy. I confess to being really tired at the end of each days lessons which seem to fly by. For the first time ever I have been able to understand NUMBERS in French! I always used to know how to count to about fifty, after that I could never work it out but I now know, understand and can calculate the numbers. That said, when you finally manage to understand how they build the numbers up in the language it seems very bizarre as an Englishman. Basically, they say for example; for seventy-seven – sixty plus seventeen! Which is soixante-dix-sept. Eighty is four times twenty – Quatre-vingt and ninety is four time twenty plus ten, in otherwords Quatre-vingt dix! I’ll let you work out what sixty nine is! Now I bet that has confused you all but our excellent Professeur, the slightly mad Viktor, makes it seem so normal and easy. Literally within one lesson I could understand and work out the numbers and even understand them when they were being said to me. Brilliant.

This week has also explained simple stuff like asking for someone’s email address and business card. Where they live? What they do for a living? Do they have a mobile number? Basically all the things you need when you want to start to exist and talk to someone in France.

What I think is very cool about the way we are taught is that it all comes mixed up within building the conversation. You learn to listen, to pronounce; then get to read it and then write it. By the time you have done that the phrases and words you have learned stay stuck in your brain without you realising it.

The best bit is that although Viktor has a structure to the lesson, if the students (étudiant(e)s en français) start to converse in French on a different subject he lets the subject run, interjecting and adding to our knowledge, using the internet in conjunction; to help us grow our vocabulaire and our comprehension. Just so unlike the school lessons I used to have!

I also went on a trip this week, with some of the students and a teacher, the lovely Christine, to Honfleur. It’s a beautiful port just thirty five minutes drive from Rouen. I had been there before years ago but going with fellow students and a French Professeur made it all seem slightly less like a tourist town. I’m sure I spotted some fellow Brits so I ducked my head and avoided eye contact and spoke French loudly so they didn’t recognise me as a brit as well. Nothing could be worse!

The weekend for me has been spent exploring a few French villages and enjoying very tasty French food and ‘les vins‘ – in the words of the advertisement – “le pain, du vins et le Boursin” except it was infinitely better local “fromages des pays“. All in all a very happy and satisfactory first week ‘en france‘. I’ll keep you posted next week.

Alan


French in Normandy Review: Mia & Sinead talk about studying French in Rouen

French in Normandy Review

Mia & Sinead are from Dublin, Ireland and are studying the French language at French in Normandy in Rouen before starting classes at a French lycée. In this video they talk about how studying at French in Normandy is helping them achieve their goals, which activities they like and what it’s like living with a French host family. Check out this French in Normandy review video.


3 reasons why you should do it | My Internship at French in Normandy


“Opportunity never knocks twice”

By Christina Mitzali


One of the greatest experiences of my life has come to an end. Many memories flood my mind while I was packing my stuff to travel back in Greece and so here I am writing this article, even if I don’t usually write, for an experience worth sharing. Once I read on a wall : ”Opportunity never knocks twice”. Well there are many reasons I am glad I didn’t let this opportunity go and to sum up here are the three reasons one shouldn’t loose such opportunity.

The vastness, the beauty of Normandy

Normandy is a very impressive region. In my opinion there is none who wouldn’t feel impressed by its huge green fields, the sea and the history that is written on this land. And of course I have to admit that I never saw so many cows before in my life, well that’s how all this variety of cheese is explained. If you are a cheese lover you should definitely spend some months in Normandy, trust me you won’t regret it! Another thing that you should see at least once in your life is the traditional houses of the region , with their beautiful gardens and their exceptional architecture that makes you feel like you are participating in an ”Astérix et Obélix” movie. You wil find many of this houses in your way to
Etretat, I am sure you wouldn’t miss such an incredible landscape. It has been a while since I visited the ”Falaise d’Etretat” but this image always remains in my mind, proving the majesty of mother nature. But that is not the only proof. There is no doubt that mother nature has been generous to Normandy, that was my thought when I saw Mont Saint-Michel a tidal island included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, because of its history and its natural beauty combined with the exceptional architecture people created to reach the peak of the beauty of the island. One more thing I wouldn’t forget to include in this section is ”Les plages du débarquement” the beaches of Normandy where the D-Day Landing happened on 6th June 1944. And the best thing is that all these destinations are easy approachable from Rouen! Thank you French in Normandy for your perfect location.

In French in Normandy you feel well

“En Normandie il fait froid mais les gens sont chaleureux” this is what locals say and to sum up it means “a cold region but with warm people” . Well you can’t be sure about this until you meet the people in French in Normandy. Each of them will stay in my heart and I hope while reading this they will know how much I have appreciated their hospitality and their kindness. The things they taught me and the motivation they gave me to discover my strengths and develop my skills. The best thing about the team of French in Normandy is that everyone’s opinion matters, even if you are an intern, an administrative employee,an accountant, a teacher or a manager. Sharing is caring so don’t be afraid to share your ideas with the team! What you will love also there is the intercultural environment. In my case I am glad that i met people from all around the world and together we practiced our French while we were learning for each others culture. Last but not least, French in Normandy is Erasmus+ friendly. I have to admit that making an internship in lovely France with lovely people and having in the same time the help of Erasmus+ is like a dream. This internship will be well recognized in my diploma and will give me a strong advantage in the job market.

Because in France… La vie est belle!

Who hasn’t imagine a to spend a day in the city of lights? Who hasn’t wish to speak the language of love?

Who doesn’t dream to taste the real French cuisine?

These and even more I had the chance to experience during my internship and certainly are some of the best experiences of my life. After these experiences I have no choice but to agree with Audrey Hepburn who supported that Paris is always a good idea. Well the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Avenue des Champs-Élysées are always a good idea. But there are more things to do in Paris. For Disney lovers let’s not forget that the one and only Disneyland in Europe is located in Paris. On the other hand if you are not so interested in Disney but you still love attraction parks you, you shouldn’t skip visiting “Parc Astérix”. This article wouldn’t be complete without festivals. Voilà, France loves festivals and I have to say thank you France for giving me the opportunity to enjoy your festivals. And of course, thank you France for giving to world the French cuisine, however I will not say anything about the cuisine and I will just invite you in France to take a real taste…


Contact us if you’re interested in taking an internship in France.

Témoignage de Yui TAKEUCHI | French in Normandy Review

Témoignage et conseils de Yui TAKEUCHI, qui vient d’obtenir brillamment son DALF C1 après seulement 9 mois d’apprentissage du français à French in Normandy !

FIN : Depuis combien de temps est-ce que vous étudiez le français et pour quelle raison  ?

J’ai étudié le français pendant 9 mois au total. C’était important pour moi, parce que la langue française est utilisée dans les organisations internationales où j’aimerais travailler dans le futur. J’ai trouvé ça passionnant. De plus, je voulais l’apprendre pour être plus compétente et faire la différence dans notre monde actuel où la plupart des gens savent déjà parler l’anglais en plus de leur langue maternelle.

FIN : Vous avez commencé dans notre école… à partir de zéro ! Qu’est-ce qui aura été le plus difficile dans votre apprentissage du français ?

Évidemment, étant japonaise, la prononciation a été une difficulté, et ma connaissances de l’anglais me gêne encore lorsque je veux prononcer les mots qui sont similaires au français. Mais, au début de mon apprentissage, le problème a été plutôt le manque de vocabulaire.

FIN :  Au terme de ces neuf mois, quelle sera le meilleur souvenir que vous remporterez avec vous de votre séjour à French in Normandy ?

J’étais ravie quand je pouvais communiquer sans problème avec les Français, et les amis du monde entier que je me suis faite à l’ecole sont aussi un de mes meilleurs souvenirs.

FIN : Si vous deviez donner un conseil à quelqu’un qui débute le français et qui vient apprendre ici à Rouen, qu’il soit japonais ou pas, qu’est-ce que vous lui diriez  ?

J’aimerais lui dire qu’il faut être extrêmement attentif et sensible aux mots et expressions qu’il ne connait pas dans les phrases qu’il découvre. Il est aussi important d’essayer d’exploiter dans ses productions tout ce qu’on apprend au jour, en classe et hors la classe pour, pour enrichir ses variations lexicales. Ensuite, il est important d’établir sa propre méthode de travail et de ne pas rester passif à attendre que les profs vous disent quelque chose. Pour ma part, j’ai systématiquement noté toutes les expressions que je ne connaissais pas et que les profs utilisaient, même les mots les expressions familières, pour pouvoir profiter au maximum de chaque instant de la classe. Parce que, finalement, ce ne sont ni les profs, ni les familles d’accueil, ni même les amis qui vous font apprendre le français, c’est toujours par soi-même qu’on progresse, en déterminant ses propres objectifs d’apprentissage étape par étape.

25 Years of French in Normandy

Since French in Normandy began 25 years ago we have had the pleasure of welcoming students from countless countries around the world. Students from all walks of life, with all different motivations have shared our passion for French language learning and teaching. A student’s success is our success and this shows in our exceptional exam pass rates and our growing network of alumni and agent partners worldwide.

Since FIN started in 1992, with no students and a dog, we have gone from strength to strength; each year striving to provide better education and service to our students.


Some of our highlights include:

Malika joining us in 1997. Our well-known and much loved operations manager who knows all the ins and outs of the school, always ready to assist in all areas with a smile.

Receiving the Qualité FLE label in 2007 for the first time, a confirmation of our exceptional teachers, curriculum, facilities and services.

Joining the beloved IALC family in 2007.

Winning Study Travel Magazine’s Best French Language School in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012! Voted by our valued partners, these awards have motivated to continue building and maintaining our important agent relationships and ensuring the total satisfaction of their clients.

In 2013 Melanie Raymond joined FIN, bringing her enthusiasm and experience to French in Normandy and taking special care of our partner’s needs.

Hosting the 2015 IALC workshop and showing off our beautiful city, Rouen.

Receiving the Qualité FLE label for third time with another three stars accreditation in 2016.

2013 – 2016. Incredible acknowledgement from our students by the way of voting us the Best Language School in France with Educations Stars for 4 consecutive years!

Recognition and support from our valued agents in Turkey, voted Best French Language School by UED from 2013 – 2016.

Through all this, we would like to thank all our host families, our partners in Normandy and abroad, and all our students past present and future for being part of the French in Normandy story.


Take a look back on French in Normandy in the gallery below…

 

 

October Activities in Normandy


feteduventre

おなかのお祭り (La fête du ventre)

La fête du ventre(フェット・デュ・ヴォントル)というのを日本語に直訳すると、「おなかのお祭り」となります。

1930年代のお祭りを現代に復活させて今年で17回目となる、おなかのためのグルメなお祭り、毎年150ほどの食べ物を扱うスタンドが、ジャンヌ・ダルク広場を中feteduventre-normandie-actu-3心に集まります。ノルマンディーの名産品(カマンベールやヌシャテルなどのチーズ、リンゴのお酒シードル等)から、フランス全国のもの(エスカルゴ、カスレ(豆料理)やシュークルート(アルザス地方の名産、キャベツの塩漬け料理)、地元の新鮮な野菜や果物などなど、並んでいるものは、どれだけ見ても足りません!

有名レストランのシェフが、ジャンヌ・ダルク広場の特設ステージに集まり、お料理のデモンストレーションをしていたり、路上コンサートが行われたり、写真の展示会など様々な催し物もあります。

私もこのお祭りに行ってきました。例年のごとく、人で賑わっていて、午後は、道を進むのも大変でした!人々はみんなバーに集まり、地ビールを飲んで楽しそうに話していました。

私は個人的にですが、ヘーゼルナッツのはちみつと、イチゴをはちみつで煮込んだソース、また、ノルマンディー名産でもあるキャラメルを購入しました。

熱々のクレープに、チョコレート専門店のホットチョコレートにも舌鼓を打ちました。

全てが美味しくて、一年に一回と言わず、定期的に行ってほしいイベントです!

CoquillesStJacques

ノルマンディーホタテ祭りLa fête de la Coquilles St Jacques)

ノルマンディーは、ホタテ漁でフランス一番を誇るらしく、毎年ノルマンディー各地でホタテ祭りが行われます。今年は5都市で開催され、海の幸のお料理教室、魚の燻製デモンストレーション、船内見学や、漁師さんから直接魚を購入したりできimg_4407るそうです。

私自身このお祭りのことは初めて知り、行ってきました!

私が行ってきたのは10月29日、30日にヴィレール・シュール・メールという、観光地ドーヴィルからすぐ近くの町で、普段は静かな町なのですが、この日はたくさんの人で賑わっていました。(小さな町なのですが、中心街は、歩けないぐらい人で溢れていました!)

ホタテの量り売りだけでなく、その他グルメなもの、ノルマンディーだけではないフランス地方の名産品のお店などもありました。

プログラムの中には、有名レストランのシェフのホタテを使った料理のデモンストレーション、のちテイスティングなどもあり、とても面白そうでした。(もちろんチケットは即完売でしたが・・・)メニューを見る限り、本当に美味しそうで、参加できず残念・・・
Etretat

エトルタ、フェカンへのエクスカーション(Sortie à Etretat et Fécamp)

10月8日のエクスカーションは、モネの絵画で有名なエトルタ、そして隣町のフェetretatカンでした。お天気は曇りでしたが、ノルマンディーは10月、11月は雨季と言われており、雨がよく降るこの時期に、雨が降らずに遠出ができたのは、喜ばしいことなのです!

エトルタを満喫した一行は、そのままフェカンへ!

この町の名産は、ベネディクティンと呼ばれるお酒で、1510年にフェカンの修道院で作られたのが発祥だとされています。27種類のハーブが使用されており、レシピが存在する最古のリキュールとも呼ばれているそうです。フランソワ1世に大変好まれたというお酒で、度数も高いことから、フランスでは、食後酒として飲まれているお酒です。

この日一行は、ベネディクティンの製造工場に見学に行ってきました。現在でも修道院の中で製造されているそうで、中は博物館になり、製造工程や、使用されているハーブの展示などもあり、ハーブの香りを嗅ぎながら、見学できたそうです。

見学の最後は、試飲もでき、アルコールが好きな生徒さんは、ご満足だったようです。
foirestromain

フォワール・サン・ロマン(La Foire Saint Romain )- 巨大移動遊園地

blogderouen-frフランス語でフォワールというのは、市場、蚤の市、お祭りなど様々な意味があるのですが、ルーアンのフォワール・サン・ロマンというと、巨大移動遊園地のことを指します。

この移動遊園地は、毎年10月末から1か月間つづき、規模は、パリに続くフランスで2番目の大きさだそうです。

11世紀より形式を変えながら現在まで続いているこのお祭りですが(最初は、布や陶器などを露店で売ったり、家畜を売ったりしていたのが、舞台、演劇、パレード、ショーなどの見せるイベントとなり、それが少しずつ遊園地というテーマに変わってきたそうです)、

1983年よりセーヌ川沿いに2km近く続く遊園地ができていたのですが、数年前より、セーヌ川岸の改装工事に伴い、遊園地の場所を移動させたいルーアン市側と、移動したくない露店商人との交渉が上手くいかず、商人による大々的なデモ活動のあげく、結果として、去年はイベント自体を中止するという事態になってしまいました。今年の5月にようやく新居地での開催の交渉が成立し、今年は2年ぶりの開催となりました。

私も行ってきましたが、セーヌ川沿いでは、狭い川岸に長かったのが、今年は、広々とした空間での開催なので、以前のものよりもより大きく、アトラクションや露店も以前より多い印象を受けました。

ルーアンの市民もたくさん来場して、平日にも関わらず、大変賑わっていました。

ジェットコースターなどの絶叫系アトラクションから、幼児も楽しめるボートやカモ釣り(フランスは、金魚ではなく、プラスチックのカモを釣り景品をもらうのが幼児の定番の遊びです)などがあり、飲食系では、ハンバーガー、ケバブ、パニーニーなどの温かいファーストフードやレストラン(このイベントでは、店頭で直接焼いている、豚の丸焼きが有名です)お菓子系の露店(リンゴ飴、ドーナツ、チュロス、ギモーブ)もたくさんありました。

いろいろあり、ルーアン市民(大人)にとっては、賛否両論(というか苦い思い出)のあったこのイベントですが、子供や若者にとっては、雨の多いこの季節を乗り越える、大切なイベントとなることでしょう。

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Bibliothèque municipale de Sotteville- lès- Rouen

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-12-50-32-pmC’est une bibliothèque municipale très jolie qui a plusieurs activités pour les personnes adultes, la jeunesse et il y a aussi d’espace pour les enfants.

Chaque espace est créé afin d’avoir la commodité complète pour les personnes qui aiment lire.

Cette bibliothèque a aussi des tarifs très agréables pour les personnes qui sont de Rouen et pour les étudiants, par exemple :

Sottevillais – 18 ans : Gratuit

Sottevillais + 18 ans : 8 €

Non sottevillais – 18  ans : 10 €

Non sottevillais + 18 ans : 20 €

Non sottevillais – 18 ans scolarisé sur la commune : 3 €

Elle offre de pouvoir emprunter au total 30 documents (tous supports confondus) et la durée de prêt est de trois semaine. Seuls les jeux sont limités à 2 emprunts par carte

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-12-50-39-pmVous pouvez être inscrit dans la bibliothèque mais si vous ne voulez pas le faire, ce n’est pas un problème car vous pouvez aller à la bibliothèque et lire là.

La bibliothèque a environ 64000 volumes, entre roman, livre d’histoire, livres pour les enfants, de fiction, etcetera.

L’architecte Henri Gaudin a conçu ce lieu. Il a travaillé sur la circulation de la lumière et des personnes. La construction a été élaborée pour que toutes les personnes puissent marcher de façon très rapide et quand on monte les escaliers on peut voir combien il  a d’espace au premier étage de la bibliothèque.

Il a aussi un espace pour pouvoir apprendre différentes langues mais on doit être inscrit pour pouvoir utiliser ce « e-learning » avec les ordinateurs sur place, mais si on n’aime pas utiliser les ordinateurs de la bibliothèque, on peut aller à  la maison et avec n’importe quel ordinateur on peut aller sur le site internet avec un numéro d’inscription et un mot de passe.

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-12-50-52-pmComme la ville est très étendue, la bibliothèque dispose d’un bibliobus pour aller dans 6 quartiers de la ville. Il y reste 2 heures pour que les habitants puissent profiter de livres, de CD et DVD.

Il y a également des animations comme la dictée, des ateliers d’écriture, des groupes de conversation pour les étrangers, des rencontres avec des auteurs et avec une librairie célèbre à Rouen… Pour y participer, il suffit de s’inscrire!

Un grand merci à Elisabeth qui nous a fait découvrir cet endroit magnifique!

Russel, Jasmin, Yuka, Ivan, Luis, JunWen, Victor, Moises, Frida, Damian et Nathalie

6 things you must see while studying French in Rouen

Cathedral Rouen

Stretched beside the Seine, Rouen is Normandy’s most beautiful city. It’s a city full with culture, history, gastronomy. This breathtaking place is home to the most famous gothic cathedral. But the cathedral is not the only reason why Rouen is so popular. It is also well-known for its prestigious former inhabitants, such as Joan of Arc, Flaubert, Monet and Corneille.

If you are one of those who are extremely lucky to have visited Rouen you already know what I’m talking about. For those who haven’t, I’m inviting you to come and enjoy it’s beauties. Furthermore, I’m inviting you to come and study French in Rouen. Besides improving your French, Rouen offers an amazing opportunities to immerse yourself in culture. Here in this blog I will list some interesting things to do while studying French in Rouen.

  1. Start with Cathédrale Notre-Dame. One of the largest and most impressive Gothic cathedrals in France is located in the old town’s heart. You will be amazed by its magnificent outlook which inspired a lot of famous people, among which was the painter Claude Monet. Take some time to absorb this view and let it inspire you. The inside of this gothic cathedral has its own story to tell, which I’m not going to reveal. My advice would be to visit it and see its beauties by yourself.
  1. Musée des Beaux-Arts. Another must see in Rouen is this art museum which is considered to be one of the most important in France. Here you can see many paintings, sculptures, and drawings that date from the 15th century to the 21st century.

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  1. Eglise Saint-Maclou. This jewel of the Flamboyant Gothic architecture is located only a short walk from the cathedral. Dedicated to St. Malo, this church was built in the 15th century. During the World War II this building was severely damaged. Lucky for us it was fully restored. Now we can enjoy the magnificent sight of this 5 bells church.
  1. Eglise Jeanne d’Arc. This church is dedicated to Joan of Arc. It was build at the Place du Vieux Marché in the exact spot where she was martyred and burned at stake. The design itself looks like the flames of the stake. I urge you to put this contemporary church, which is considered to be an inspiring place for spiritual worship, on your to see list for Rouen.

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  1. Big Clock Tower | Gros Horloge. This is another must see in Rouen. The Gothic belfry tower was built in 1389 for defensive purposes and the decorative clock dates from 1889. So take a moment and observe this magnificent piece of art and analyze the meaning of its elements.
  1. Place du Vieux Marché.  The old market place is the vibrant centre of Rouen, where you will find the church of Joan of Arc, the place where she was burned at the stake but also a lively market and many bars, shops and restaurants where tourists and locals alike spend their time. Not to be missed!screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-9-20-05-amTo sum up, Rouen is considered to be one of the most historic and cultural cities in France. The 6 places that I listed above are just a small portion of a very large treasure chest full with cultural and historic gems. Enter this chest and let yourself be taken back in time and history. Use every spare moment and immerse yourself in this majestic place.