Become an au pair in Paris

Five years ago, two mothers from opposite sides of the Atlantic, Sylvie Confiac in Paris, and Susan Horton in New York created Au Pair Paris to match smart, caring young Anglophones with host families in the Paris metropolitan region.

Bringing the Language to You

Immersion is one of the best ways to acquire a new language. This doesn’t mean that you’ll go to sleep one night and wake up a fluent speaker the next morning.

Driving in France

American licenses may be eligible for a reciprocal exchange towards a French one, depending on the state of issue of the original.

French: it’s easier than you think!

Over the years lots of language students have decided to choose to learn Spanish rather than French in the belief that the French language is much more difficult. Actually, French is much easier than you ever expect…

Watching films in French

Watching films in French is a great way to familiarise yourself with the language, wherever you are in the world. Settle down with a DVD at home and just allow the words to wash over you. This simple exercise will help your ear to ‘tune in’.

Macarons are the new cupcakes

First came the cupcake craze, then French macarons took Sydney by storm. Rachel Guernier lives in Australia and loves them so much, she learned how to make them, though she admits “They are so time consuming. I’m over the moon that macarons are now easy to find.”

Learn French in Kaysersberg, Alsace

French Moments runs an intensive French course in Alsace. Compared to more southerly regions, such as Provence or Périgord, it receives fewer visitors from English speaking countries. But Alsace has lots to offer…

Meet Topic Hosts Pierre and Rachel

Pierre and Rachel Guernier (originally from France and England respectively) run a French language school in Sydney where around 90 students have French lessons each term. Their company, French Moments, was set up in 2006 and is all about embracing French language and culture.

Education in France – a Teenage Perspective

A guest post from our man in Cognac, Graham Downie I’ve just read this excellent blog post from one of me fellow FrenchEntrée property finders. Val Walmsley runs Poitou Property Services and recounts a conversation she had with a young lady who came to

We opened a hotel in the Pyrénées

In July 2006, Roger Bruton, his wife Gillian and their extended family, swapped Stockport (Cheshire) for a new life in France. They settled in the Pyrénées, where they set up a small hotel. Roger tells FrenchEntrée their story…

Moving teenagers to a French school

When Beth Ducat moved to France, she gave her two teenage daughters, Emma and Alex, the choice to stay in the UK or come to France with her. They chose the latter. Here, Beth tells how her daughters coped with their new French school…

Integrating in France

Kathy and Paul Conner moved from Woking in Surrey to Gemozac, Charente-Maritime four years ago. Their efforts to learn the language, speak to their French neighbours and socialise in France have made integrating easy!

Secondary Schools in France

Secondary education is compulsory until the age of 16 and includes attendance at a college until age 15. At 15 the next steps are decided by examination. The higher ranking students will have the opportunity…

A Helping Hand In The Quercy

Image not found.Do you love the South of France?
Do you struggle a bit with the language and administration?
Need a helping hand to “sort things out”?
“Help in Quercy” are at your service.

Overcoming The Language Barrier

My decision to teach French happened by accident really. I had a call from a friend who had artisans on site and both sides were having trouble understanding what was required. I was happy to help but after I’d gone I was flattered to find the builder thought I was French. When my friend understood this, he said ‘Why don’t you teach it? It would really help me and I can think of several other people who would really value it too’.
And that’s how it all started…

Diary of a Corrèze Conversion – Part 3

Like many of us Sam Parry and her family fell in love with The Limousin on holiday and decided to make it their home. They are currently renovating and plan to set up a cycling holiday business once the work is completed. They have agreed to keep a diary of progress. Limousin Property Conversion.

Learning English with Les Amis des Chats

The children of Touffailles primary school have really been enjoying their english lessons lately. Over the past four weeks they have been improving their English using ‘Anglais avec les chats’, a unique education programme initiated by the cat charity Les Amis Des Chats…

Buying and Renovating an Auction Property Part 2

Image not found.Buying a property at auction is an exciting prospect, buying an auction property that needs total renovation promised to be an even bigger challenge for James and Vanessa HOPKINS. In the concluding artcile of this two part story, Vanessa describes the renovation work…

Tel Turnbull – Potter

Tel Turnbull was born in the industrial Midlands and some of his first recollections were of the smoking bottle kilns. Since he and his wife Katie moved to France in 2007 he has created a centre where visitors can enjoy the experience of creating their own pots.

Applying for university in France

Once you have your bac “en poche” (literally, in your pocket), you have access to university, and as long as there is space, you can, in theory, sign up for any of the courses available. Jacqueline Karp tells you some of the points you need to be aware of.

Horses in the Quercy

Moving house, they say, is the third most stressful thing after death and divorce, I disagree, moving one’s beloved horses to a foreign country far eclipses merely moving some sticks of furniture and a load of boxes from one house to another.
We moved from Scotland to France in October 2003, we drove out two 4×4’s pulling heavily burdened trailers…

Helping expats since 1991

Moving to France has become a dream come true for increasing numbers of new arrivals to the Pays de la Loire. However, there are also challenges to face. Fortunately, an organisation has existed since 1991 that has helped new foreign residents…

Baby Feeding Controversy in France

“Avoine, avoine, avoine..?”, I try again, saying it differently each time, in the hope that I will fall on the right pronunciation, the right vowel sound, which I, with my American tongue, have trouble with…

La Leche League

If you are about to have a baby or just had one and wish to breastfeed, it can be helpful and reassuring to have breastfeeding support in English, especially when living in a new country. The Leche League has been helping mothers in France for more than 20 years. If you live in South West France, you may contact one of the English-speaking Leaders living in France.

Languedoc-Roussillon Autumn Wines

September is the most exciting time in the winemaker’s calendar as the harvest begins. For the wine-lover, the change in temperature and the shorter days means an equally exciting shift in drinking habits.

The Entente Cordiale Association

The Entente Cordiale association, based in Dun-le-Palestel is open to all nationalities, its aim to help people of all nationalities integrate into French society by organising activities,projects and social outings.

French dictionary

Are you dying to learn this?

The verb mourir, to die, is quite irregular. Let’s hope you won’t have to say ‘I will die’ or ‘I am dying’ too often, but it is still an important …

French dictionary

Keep your eyes open

Ouvrir, to open, is another useful irregular verb. The past participle, ouvert, is unusual for an -ir verb, and the present tense is more similar to the pattern of an …

Gardening Observations for July

“Summer time and the living is easy”. July is the month when you can reap the benefits of all the hard work that you have put in May and June. With the heat the grass isn’t growing, so the mower only needs to come out once every week or ten days to top the weeds…

Gardening Observations for June

June has got to be the month of the rose. Everywhere you go now there are roses in full bloom, some of the most delightful peering over the tops of old stone walls. Roses are resilient plants – we know of abandoned houses that are almost ruins …

Gardening Observations for July

“Summer time and the living is easy”. July is the month when you can reap the benefits of all the hard work that you have put in May and June. With the heat the grass isn’t growing, so the mower only needs to come out once every week or ten days to top the weeds…

Gardening Observations for June

June has got to be the month of the rose. Everywhere you go now there are roses in full bloom, some of the most delightful peering over the tops of old stone walls. Roses are resilient plants – we know of abandoned houses that are almost ruins …

French dictionary

Don’t lose sleep over it…

Dormir, to sleep, is an irregular verb but not a very difficult one to learn. It can be used in several colloquial expressions similar to our English ones: to sleep …

New House Build in France – A Dream Come True?

Image not found.Having a house built to your own specification in rural France is an increasingly popular way of realising the dream of French property ownership. But is it really as simple as the Immobiliers, Builders and Architects make it sound? Stephen Leitch presents a first hand account of the many pitfalls to be avoided.

French dictionary

Don’t run any risks …

The verbe courir generally means to run, but also to rush, to speed, to be headed for, to compete in or to roam. It isn’t a very difficult one to …