Last week I was luckily enough to be invited along to the launch of a new business venture for Jonathan Maisey and Laurie Cliquet; French in France.
The idea is instead of learning French in a classroom, you take the French to France and learn in a beautiful house in the South West of France: fully immersing yourself in the French culture and way of life . The concept is simple yet so much more effective (and who needs an excuse to go to the South of France!).
Laurie moved from Normandy to Cheltenham 30 years ago and has been keen to give people a complete cultural experience teaching in France. Jonathan began learning French with Laurie at Cheltenham French Tuition 12 months ago and having purchased a house on the outskirts of Salies de Béarn, they decided to join forces and turn their vision into a reality.
I took along my dad as my parents have recently been toying with the idea of moving to France and this would be perfect for them. My dad was particularly sold on the area, being surrounded by French countryside yet also boasting a good selection of restaurants, bars, shops, a weekly market – all perfect situations to test out how your French is coming along.
The event was held at Hot Pepper Jelly Brasserie on Suffolk Road, which was a lovely venue with an enclosed garden, perfect for an evening of drinking wine and socialising with so many talented multilingual people. There was a great turn out and I’ve definitely learnt that my GCSE French needs some fine-tuning.
If you want to find out anymore about French to France check out their website here.