Perhaps the most valuable lesson is the one learnt outside the classroom: that learning French is anything but boring, and should never be dull.
Learning a language forces you out of your comfort zone and while this will broaden your horizons, it can also be cripplingly embarrassing.
The Alliance Française French Film Festival 2015 has finally arrived and we here at MyFrenchLife™ cannot contain our excitement – comme d’habitude !
We’ve all had those disconcerting moments – you’re chatting casually in French when you’re stopped cold by a phrase that sounds so bizarre that you wonder if you’re actually dreaming. No, it was (usually) just an idiom.
With so many wonderful French speaking societies outside of France, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie exists to promote the diversity of the French language, peace, education and sustainability.
The view from the Crewhouse balcony overlooked tiers of burnt orange rooftops, striking in contrast to the turquoise sky. Sun-washed adobe houses flanked the narrow stone roads and alleyways. I breathed in the salty air, feeling the daylight glint off my sunglasses.
We found a gîte that looked nice, it had 2 bedrooms with facilities for little children and was located in a farm only a short drive from the beach, what more can you ask for? We had booked to arrive in the last week of June to avoid les bouchons (french for traffic jam, also means 'cork').
French people often ask me why I came to France & why I live in Paris... I often have difficulty expressing myself when answering ..."My love for France & all things French comes from various unusual corners of my mind..."
The Francophiles that come here are so enamoured with anything French that .... The restaurant could serve up a burnt steak, and the Francophile would just say, “how lovely, the French have such a nice way of charbroiling.”
Today I had a really great and long Skype chat with Doni Belau the creator and CEO of Girls Guide to Paris. Please come along with me as we explore the story of Girls Guide to Paris and what makes Doni, the founder tick.