Learning To Speak French



I’m so excited to let you know that we are back in Paris.

We’ve checked into one of our favourite Parisian hotels, on Rue de Rivoli. Rooms here have the most spectacular views of the Tuilerie gardens and we know from our time here last year that it a perfect hotel for one night’s accommodation.

Yes, we are only staying one night in Paris – although we will be back in Paris later in our trip. Our short stay is due to the fact that tomorrow we are booking into a French language immersion school.

We will be staying on site and attending classes in the morning. Afternoons will be spent exploring the village of Sancerre, where the school is located, and the surrounding area.

I’m really quite excited about heading back to school. Studying French in France has been a dream of mine for a long time now.

But I’m also a little bit apprehensive.

As I’ve shared before, our command of the French language is dismal at best and I’m a bit concerned that our time in school could be a complete disaster.

I keep telling myself that it won’t be that bad and I’m actually extremely hopeful the whole learning to speak French thing will be an experience we will treasure forever. Every now and though, I have visions of frazzled teachers tearing their hair out as we continually butcher the French language.

I guess I’m not going to know how we will go until I get there – please let me know in the comments below if you have any tips for us.

I am also really looking forward to sharing the experience with you all.

And in the meantime I’m going to enjoy being back in beautiful Paris – even if it just for one night!!

Until next time – au revoir.

PS – I will be posting more regularly while we are in France. You can keep up with all our adventures on Facebook or Instagram – which ever platform suits you best – I’ll be posting something new everyday!



About Janelle

I believe that everyone can bring French elegance and inspiration to their life, no matter where they happen to live in the world. They only need to learn a secret or two to be on their way. When you join the Distant Francophile community, you’ll have access to the secrets that allow you to bring the best of the French lifestyle into your everyday life. I’m talking about things like style advice, recipes and book reviews. And you’ll also receive regular doses of French inspiration, as well as travel and packing tips galore.

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5 thoughts on “Learning To Speak French

  • Marieta

    Enjoy your time in Sancerre. I spent 4 days in that beautiful town last year visiting wineries, drinking their world renowned wines and of course their goat cheese. Seeing your posts
    makes me want to go back. Like you I love
    France and anything and everything about it.
    Would love to hear about your French immersion. Best

    • Janelle Post author

      Thanks so much for your comment Marieta. Sancerre is truly beautiful – as is the wine from the area. I haven’t left yet and I already know that I want to come back!! Immersion is absolutely fabulous – I’ve just put some details up of the blog, but let me know if there is something else you’d like to know – I’m happy to answer any questions you might have.

  • Zoé d'Ay

    Dear dear Janelle – I applaud your love of France and enterprise in learning French – but oh please correct your English!!! I quote: Sign up to Distant Francophile for weekly French inspiration! You’ll also recieve a free copy – and look how you and your computer have spelt RECEIVE!!! Mon Dieu! cheers, Zoé

    • Janelle Post author

      Thank you so much for bringing this error to my attention Zoé – I am truly grateful you took the time to do so. All fixed now – or at least I hope I’ve fixed it – I will check again in a few minutes to make sure that everything worked between the plug in and the site. Thank you again for being so generous with your time and for helping me to improve the Distant Francophile site. Kind regards, Janelle.