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Learning French: Pétanque, Pastis et Passé Composé

If I had known that learning French is fun, I would have gone to IS-AIX long ago.

Perhaps it’s fun now because I’m in one of the most beautiful towns in France: Aix-en-Provence.

Learning French is fun

Learning French is fun

Learning French is fun

Learning French is fun

Perhaps French is fun because I love weekend markets.

Learning French is fun

Learning French is fun

Or it’s fun because boulangeries and chocolate shops are showing off most extravagantly.

Learning French is fun

Learning French is fun

Learning French is fun

The school where I’m taking lessons, IS Aix-en-Provence, is undoubtedly why learning French is fun this time. Classes are small, and the instructors are enthusiastic and encouraging.

Learning French is fun

Outside activities are part of the weekly plan so students can explore Aix, tour nearby towns, join cooking classes, or, as I did this week, play pétanques.

Petanque

Learning French is fun

Even when we’re told to learn passé compose, it’s fun at IS Aix. For example my first week:

J’ai rencontré des étudiants du monde entier.

IS-AIX

Nous avons appris à parler Français dans de petites classes.

AIX

Je suis allée au centre-ville parce-que c’était à proximité.

Learning French is fun

For more information about learning French in Aix-en-Provence, visit is-Aix.com

 It’s St. Valentine’s Day. What better time to learn French, the language of love? In French class today at IS Aix-en-Provence, we dove into a treasure chest of words and phrases the French use to express their feelings of love. Would your heart pitter-patter if your loved one called you “ma Puce” (my Flea)? If someone said “avoir un cœur d’artichaut” is it a compliment? (fall in love easily). I was surprised to be told that perfume tops the gift list for Saint Valentine’s Day in France, not a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Flowers are always good. Lingerie is even better –in red, of course. Restaurants and cafes are packed for the occasion. Boulangeries are stacked with heart-shaped, chocolate-filled, cream-puffed, decadent delicacies of every description.

 

Learning French is fun

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