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Looking for the best French language Holidays ? Spice it up with some cooking

You finally made up you mind. After postponing this little dream of yours for so long, it is finally time to fulfill it. The best holidays ever are what you have been looking for an eternity.

What really makes great holidays ?

But what are the best holidays ever ? A cruise on the Mediterranean Sea, going from Athens in Greece to Bari in Italy, and from Monaco near the French Riviera to Barcelona in Spain ? Or maybe just resting on the white sand of the most beautiful beach of the Pacific Ocean in Bora Bora ? It could be something else. Not just to rest.

You need to make your brain work, and come back from your holidays changed in an unexpected way, improving your skills in several fields.

Making your dream of speaking French become a reality

Your dream is to speak French, or at the very least improving it enough to have a decent conversation. Your next holidays will not follow the regular path and you will end up in a French course in France. The need for a total immersion in France is the best way for you to finally get to that breaking point by gaining enough self confidence.

Cooking courses in French

Away from Paris, in the heart of France, near Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, in an environment that is fully focused on one simple goal: building up your French language skills by putting you in a situation where you have no other choice than speaking French in France.

Still, French language holidays are not enough to make it exciting enough to invest in a trip. How to make it “the very best” and get the most out of your time in a French language school ?

Just by simply adding another feature like French cooking lessons. Is there a better way to use what you just learned in the classroom ?

By putting together what France has best to offer, its language and its cuisine, you will live an extraordinary experience, that will fill up your brain with French words and recipes, and your stomach with great food.

If you want to know more about L’École des Trois Ponts and how you can immerse in the French language, here is your first step for French Cooking Courses.

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Why adult French courses are the best options to learn French in France ?

So many French language courses in France and all you need is to get the one that will fit your needs. Adult French courses have the specificity to allow people with the same interest to get together and focus on one goal : improving their level in French and getting the most out of their French language lessons in France.

Being surrounded by the wrong crowd

In many cases, adult students willing to learn French in France are disappointed by their experience, not necessarily because of the courses themselves, but essentially because they realise that other students are not attending French courses for the same reason as they do.

Most of the time, the age difference can explain the situation and some misunderstandings. Being surrounded by much younger students whose goal is radically different from yours is upsetting.

They might have been sent to a French school in France by their parents, and in this case, their level of motivation will certainly not be as important as yours.

Looking specifically for French courses for adults needs to be a major criteria when selecting a French school in France for your holidays.

Making sure you attend the adult French courses you need

When reaching a certain age, we tend to optimize our time in a more efficient way. With more experience and wisdom, we understand that investing our time and money in a French language school in France is not just about the features from the school, but also about the people we attend the French courses with.

It is a part of the French language immersion to be assured that the other students following the program have the same goal. This is also the only way to have the certainty that the group you will fit in will play by the rules of English language-free zone, especially during the time spent together outside of the classroom and the cooking lessons.

Don’t hesitate to check this specific issue before your subscribe to any French language school in order to prevent any misunderstanding.

If you want to know more about L’École des Trois Ponts and how you can immerse in the French language, here is your first step for Adults French courses.

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Come and live the experience of taking a walk along the Loire river

There are so many different ways leading to the French language. Classic French lessons of course, French language immersion, adult courses in France, French cooking school.

From French language classroom to French landscapes

When you stay in one of the most fascinating country, with some of the richest and profound history, and breathtaking landscapes, staying inside is just not an option.

The region around Riorges and Roanne is home to some of the best walks you can find. An hour away from Lyon, we are located next to the bank of the Loire river, which is the longest stream of water in France.

There is no need to present one of the most famous river in Europe, that has become home to some iconic castles in France. Despite not being located near the world renowned “Châteaux de la Loire”, our region has some of the best and most relaxing walking paths you can imagine.

Don’t worry if you are reluctant to any sport activity, as those walks are adapted to anyone, even those of a certain age or with a physical condition. We make sure that it is pure moment of pleasure, with pauses that will let you enjoy the views that you will be unveiled before your eyes.

Walk your way in the French language immersion

Of course, those walks are not just for the satisfaction of your eyes and senses, but as a part of the French language immersion, you will be guided during those tours by a French speaking guide. We never miss an opportunity to improve speaking in French, listening to explanations in French, interacting in French with the local population that you may encounter is key part of those “promenade” in the French countryside, along the Loire or in small towns. The length of those little journeys is between 5 to 15 km.

So put on your best shoes, pick up some walking poles, and let’s go !

If you want to know more about L’École des Trois Ponts our French language Immersion School, here is your first step.

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5 tips to choose a French course in France

You’ve tried to learn French from books, at school, with private teachers or at evening French courses for adults, but never in a completely French environment.

Once you are out of the classroom, you don’t need to speak French anymore so you don’t use what you’ve learned and this is the problem. Nobody forces you and the situation you are in does not require you to speak French. Taking a complete French immersion course is the ideal solution. To get a real taste of what French is all about, nothing is better than attending French courses in France.

Once you are out of the classroom, you will have to put into practice what you have just learned.

We probably all know someone that went abroad and came back without having improved his language skills.

The reason is that simply following French courses in France is not enough to improve your capacity to understand and communicate with other French speakers.

Here are 5 ways to choose the best French courses in France:

1- Get away from Paris : Even though spending a fews days in the capital of France sounds like a great idea, if you want to learn French, this is the best way not to learn anything.  Paris is the most English-speaker friendly city in France. Moreover, by staying in Paris, chances are that you will be among people that are more focused on having fun than taking French courses in France.

2- Make sure that you are among people that are as motivated as you : This is a direct consequence of point number one. French courses for adults are the best way to learn the language as your fellow students have the motivation and maturity to focus on learning French, just like you.

3- Having French courses for adults doesn’t need to be boring : This is a pivotal element when choosing the best way to learn French in France. By adding an activity to your courses, you will be able to use the French that you learned in a real situation: it can be cooking lessons in French, walks in French, or anything that will allow you to use what you were taught.

4- Communicate with the establishment where you will learn French prior to your visit :  Ask questions about the teachers, the level of the class to which you are assigned, the schedule and the intensity of the courses. You need to be completely comfortable when you arrive to avoid a bad surprise.

5- Read online reviews : An excellent way to verify the quality of a specific French course in France, is by viewing what other people say about it.

Follow those tips and don’t enrol in the first French courses for adults in France you see online.  Feel free to contact us so we can answer any questions you may have.

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5 tips to learn French

The French are serious about two things : their food and their language. When it comes to one of these two aspects of french culture, things can start to become intimidating when you want to learn the French language.

 

There aren’t many countries that have an institution, founded in 1634 and dedicated to its language, like “L’Académie Française”. Its members are made up of famous contemporary French writers. The “Académie” publishes its very own dictionary and only eight editions have been published in the last 400 years. They take their time to examine every aspect of a word that is included. The present edition has been worked on since the 1980’s and is not yet finished !

France is so passionate about its language that any word that is added to the dictionary makes headlines every year when published and any spelling reform can turn into a national debate.

 

No wonder this monument called “La Langue Française” can be intimidating for any beginner who is eager to learn French.

Rather than a monument, French is more like a maze. With 21 verb tenses, a need to know the exact time-frame of events, when to use the conditional and subjunctive and which words are feminine or masculine.

Before going any further, here are five tips to help you if you plan to study French in France.

 

1- Making mistakes is the best way to learn French

 

When you learn French in France, people can be a bit hard on you when you mispronounce a word, use the feminine instead of masculine or over-simplify verb tenses.

 

Don’t worry about it.  They do it out of their common love for the language. Don’t take it personally as they actually appreciate the effort you make to speak French, even if a little broken. French people are aware of the difficulties of learning French and they often have doubts on how to conjugate a verb or whether a word is feminine or masculine.

 

So speak French and don’t be afraid to make mistakes as this will give you the opportunity to have them corrected by French speakers.

 

2- Learn French by reading in French

 

One of the main reasons to learn French is to have access to its rich literature. Victor Hugo, Rimbaud, Marcel Proust or Albert Camus, are only a few great authors that justify learning French. Don’t jump into those authors too soon. With the internet, you have access to an infinite amount of French material, especially news articles. You will learn vocabulary and get up to date information about what’s going on in France.

 

3- Listen to French

 

The internet provides you with a great opportunity to listen to spoken French. Youtube has a very important French-speaking community and you will certainly find French speaking channels that share your hobbies or interests. This will help you to adapt to the fast pace of the native French speaker.

 

4- Meet with others learning French

 

As with any difficult endeavor, a support group can be extremely helpful. If you feel like giving up, members of the group can persuade you to continue and making friends in this environment can encourage you to keep learning French.

 

5- Learn French in France !

 

This is the best way to confront yourself with the reality of the language. How people deal with it everyday ? How do they really speak at the grocery store? How do they debate, argue, and reconcile in French ? Nothing is better than a few days or weeks in a French immersion class in France.

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What you need to focus on when learning a new language

Hello lovers of France and French and new learners of the language of Molière! Today, we present you what you need to focus on when learning a new language.

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« Pour chaque langue que l’on parle, on vit une nouvelle vie. Celui qui ne connaît qu’une seule langue ne vit qu’une seule fois » – proverbe tchèque

Yes, learning a new language leads to opening up to a new culture. In addition, it is an excellent way to boost your memory and help your mental health.

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Les points clefs à privilégier pour apprendre une nouvelle langue

Bonjour passionnés francophones, francophiles ou nouveaux apprenants de la langue de Molière ! Aujourd’hui, nous vous présentons les points clefs à privilégier pour apprendre une nouvelle langue.

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« Pour chaque langue que l’on parle, on vit une nouvelle vie. Celui qui ne connaît qu’une seule langue ne vit qu’une seule fois » – proverbe tchèque

Eh oui ! Apprendre une nouvelle langue est une ouverture vers une culture différente de la nôtre. C’est aussi une excellente solution pour booster ses capacités de mémoire et sa santé cérébrale.

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Apprendre l’allemand et les langues étrangères à Munich avec Sprachschule Aktiv !

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L’école de langues Sprachschule Aktiv existe depuis 2001. Nous nous considérons non seulement comme une école de langues, mais aussi comme un lieu de rencontre des cultures. Notre offre comprend plus de 40 langues. Pour favoriser l’échange des cultures, nous organisons une grande variété d’activités de loisirs. Un cours à l’école de langues Sprachschule Aktiv à Munich est plus qu’un simple apprentissage d’une langue étrangère. Il plonge l’étudiant dans la culture et le mode de vie allemand.

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