Eileen and Joan – 09/ 2013


My friend Joan, and I spent a week  this September studying  French language with Geneviève at her apartment in Central Nice. We were very fortunate with the weather which was fine and sunny all the time. We had three hours study each morning, which was guided by our needs We had all our meals with Genevieve which was very good for our conversational skills
After revising some points of grammar which we were finding difficult we had other activities.

The most useful:
Reading a passage entitled ‘le vélo, c’est sérieux .  .. Good for pronunciation and comprehension
The most enjoyable:
Singing French songs!
The most difficult:
Audio comprehension of an extract from Le Figaro
The most amusing:
Discussing a famous questionnaire answered originally by Proust
The most interesting:
An article by English journalist living in Paris, John Lichfield on the differences in social life between the French and the English
The most useful learning tip:
To read French books out loud
To summarise:
Conversing in French throughout the lessons and at all times with Genevieve  was the most important part of the course for us
We also had the opportunity in our free time to explore a beautiful city and it’s  environs…. Gardens ..  museums , the old town …the chateau etc…
Genevieve is a good hostess and after the week Joan and I agreed that our grasp of the French language had improved, and we had really enjoyed our visit
Eileen.

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