French Free Bilingual Book for Children - The numbers- Les chiffres

Audio books are a great way to learn French . Here is a book illustrated and written by Boxy.

Les chiffres en francais

This beautiful illustrated book was created by Boxy and I was lucky to get the opportunity to be able to record my audio voice to this book. The audio book allows the children to learn a language online for free. On the Boxy website you will find several free bilingual books for children.

Les actions des animaux audio book

Bonjour, Here is my newest audio book about actions and animals. I believe that audio books are very engaging for children. In this book I decided to not only record my voice but also post a video . Let me know in comments if you prefer the voice recording only without the video

Discovering and staying in small villages in France while learning French

Travelling to France and being able to find places to stay which are out of the bigger cities is a great way to discover France and practice speaking French especially when staying in smaller villages where you will meet French locals and you will be forced in a nice way to speak French and being immersed in the language.

I have been lucky to get to know some Australian people that have shared with me their little piece of paradise in some small French villages and regions. All the places mentioned below are owned by Australians with a love of France and everything French.

 

OUR COTTAGES IN FRANCE

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Our cottage in France is located in Dordogne and offers two rental properties run by Neil and Rae-Helen Fisenden who also offer escorted tours to visit the region. The first cottage is located in Beaulieu sur Dordogne in the centre of a medieval village and close to the historical village of Rocamadour plus several of the Plus Beaux Villages de France, including Collonges la Rouge. The village itself is nestled right on the banks of the Dordogne River and is home to historic Benedictine architecture including a remarkable Abbey. Their second property, a stone cottage, is in the charming village of Berbiguières and close to the historic area of the 100 years’ war featuring the Châteaux of Beynac and Castelnaud, as well as the famous villages of Sarlat, La Roque Gageac and Domme. Both properties are over 300 years old and have been lovingly restored to a high standard of comfort but with authentic French features.

 

CHEZ OLIVIA AND RENE BED AND BREAKFAST

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Chez Olivia and René is a bed and breakfast in St-Quentin-la-Poterie near Uzes, less than one hour from Avignon, and is run by an Australian-French couple who also offer dinner to their guests. This accommodation in a small village gives you the opportunity to practice your French with the locals. As the name says the region has lots of potters’ markets which are popular with tourists. This historical village has a lot to offer and is a paradise for hikers and cyclists.

 



PETITE STAYS

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Petite Stays is an Australian-run boutique service offering tried and tested B&Bs in Paris, Portugal and Australia. Regina is a Portuguese native, Australian resident and is a B&B accommodation expert with 10-years industry experience. Regina offers a personalised service and is able to help guests select the right accommodation for their needs. Why not choose a stay in one of these apartments before you continue your trip to another of the smaller towns mentioned on the blog today?

 

LE CORMORAN TALLOIRES

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Le Cormoran Talloires is a village house in the French alps near Annecy, famous for its beautiful lake and its proximity to a multitude of ski resorts. It is available for holiday rental in summer or winter and owned by Catherine Berry, the Australian author of the book and blog “But you are in France, Madame”. Catherine spent 3 1/2 years living in the Annecy area with her family before purchasing their home in Talloires. This is a picture-perfect place to unwind and enjoy nature, swim, go for long walks or cycle whilst being immersed in the French atmosphere and language. A French teacher herself and knowing the area as she does, Catherine is able to advise on specific language courses and must-do activities.

 

CHATEAU DU JONQUAY

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Chateau du Jonquay is located in Normandy not far from Deauville, which is the closest seaside resort to Paris. This beautiful property is owned by a couple, Jane and Steve Hiscock, from Melbourne, Australia who decided in 2013 to renovate both the château dating from the 17th century and the farm house which they have transformed into a luxurious get-away, which easily accommodates larger groups. The chateau sits on 5 acres in the heart of the Normandy countryside and provides privacy but is surrounded by many French villages and farm houses. Jane also runs wellness workshops in conjunction with a health coach.

 Hope you enjoy reading this blog and it gave new ideas of places to stay for your next trip to France!

Cela rend modeste de voyager . On voit quelle petite place on occupe dans le monde.
— Gustave Flaubert

Bon Appétit Monsieur Lapin and some of my top favourite blogs

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This book called Bon appetit Monsieur Lapin written by Claude Boujon ,1985 and published by l’école des loisirs has been a popular book to read along activities to do with my young students. So I decided to put together a serie of different blogs that have produced and shared activites relating to that album. The blogs are not in order of preferences but written as a list of resources for students and French teachers.

  1. A nice blog La maternelle de Laurène blog has some great activities to download.

2. A great blog by Zaubette is quite good with some good exercises and colourful activities to print out.

3. La classe de Ludivine is very informative and has many document to download for free

4. Dessine-moi une histoire. is a mine of great resources for French teachers and many activities to read and to explore and so many albums to discover.

5. Materalbumfree has lots of links and files relating to the book bon appetit monsieur lapin.

6. Le stylodevero has so many great documents to exploit vocabulary and reading comprehension

7. L ‘école des crevettes has many ideas to exploit this album and creating art projects.

This is not an exhaustive list and feel free to comment and suggest other blogs to add to this list.

Learn French with online games - Food vocabulary

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Learning French can be fun and when playing online games . These games will help you to learn vocabulary about food related topics. Many of my students play interactive online games during on our online lessons and enjoy memorising words and playing games as they learn. I made a short version of a game and hopefully you will find these games useful.