The River Nive weaves its way through Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in Pays Basque

Great Travel Destinations: French Basque Country

Europe’s best surfing, the chic coastal town of Biarritz, the proud Basque culture and language, the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees, even a ski resort… the French Pays Basque is one of France’s most varied and distinct...

Immersive French Language Courses at the University of Geneva

The University of Geneva has been offering some of the best French language and culture courses in the world since 1891. These French Summer Courses offer the opportunity to learn French in a unique learning...

CIEL Bretagne: Learn French in the Heart of Brittany

Brittany, in the extreme north-western tip of France, is a region known for its historic connection to the Celts. Today it has become a popular destination for tourists due to the wild beauty of...

Le Bourdil Blanc: French Immersion Courses Near Bergerac in the Dordogne

At French in the Dordogne we are delighted to invite you to le Bourdil Blanc, near Bergerac, for an inspiring week-long residential language holiday. Improve your French on our immersion courses whilst enjoying this...

IS Aix-en-Provence: Learn French in the Heart of Provence

IS Aix-en-Provence (International Schools) offers a wide variety of French courses for adults from all over the world. Courses focus on speaking French but others include General French, General French Plus, a combined course...

Le Dernier Mot: Shopping Delights in La Motte

"I think the translation is ‘hardware store’,” I say to my dad as we enter our town’s old quincaillerie. Ducking beneath the rainbow of market baskets which hang over the entrance, my belle-mère is giddy: “I used to...
Space Invader at Rue du Temple in Paris

Read the Signs: Rue du Temple in Paris

It is one of the oldest streets in Paris, running 1,335 metres and linking Rue de Rivoli and Place de la République. Rue du Temple is named after the Knights Templar, who set up their headquarters in Paris in 1140, building a...
"The Bonjour Effect"

Book Reviews: The Bonjour Effect

This fascinating and well-researched book offers an invaluable insight into the rules, codes, eccentricities and etiquette of French conversation. All of the traditional guidelines that we adhere to in normal English exchanges simply don’t apply when conversing in French, and where the most...

Le Français: The Common Language in the New World

Nearly a century before the Pilgrims sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 to Plymouth, now Cape Cod, the French ran a thriving fur trading business from eastern Canada and southward into what became the...
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Le Dernier Mot: Between You, Me and the Gatepost

The day I stopped believing I was a bad student, I could finally start to relax and absorb the lessons floating all around me. Idioms were a new and delightful discovery; expressions such as revenons à nos moutons (‘let’s...