Weekly English Fix

Back to school

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By Klaudyna Piatek April 26th, 2021

Vacation’s over kids! Time to go back to school, and back to a normal working week for mom and dad. It’s eerily quiet now in the flat, apart from the dog barking at random I-don’t-know-whats. 

As we steer towards the end of April, stay tuned to Groupetude to find out about our Facebook Lives throughout the month of May! We’re going all out, twice a week, with tips and tricks and more to help you learn. 

Also, don’t forget to join us on Thursday evenings for our Cooking Hour in French, where we cook and chat and are generally jolly! These workshops are absolutely free and provide precious practice. 

So don’t forget to book a spot, we’re limited to 10 people per workshop so that it doesn’t get too crowded and everyone ha a chance to speak! 


THIS WEEK’S

TOP STORIES

Bottoms up! Five things to know about proposing a toast in France

https://www.thelocal.fr/20210416/bottoms-up-five-things-to-know-about-proposing-a-toast-in-france/

If you want to fit into French society, you’ve got to frequent the apéro whenever you’re invited. Or, whenever you invite! And what’s important during an apéro? The toast! 

Oscars 2021: Full list of winners at the Academy Awards

https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/oscars-2021-full-list-of-winners-at-the-academy-awards-1.6001854

Wondering what to watch this week? How about one of the winners? The list does seem to be at least a little bit more diverse this year. 


THIS WEEK’S

TOP TIPS

Long Term Improvement

Join a bookclub! I’ve just started one in Aix en Provence, where I live. We’ve come up with a list of books, now it’s time to choose one and set a date to meet! It’s hard getting started on a book in a foreign language, so one way to get around that is by teaming up with others. Go on, give it a shot! 

Vocabulary

Read the dictionary. Yeah, you read that right! Sometimes it’s fun, though I don’t mean from cover to cover! Looking up words in the target language itself is useful because you learn even more words through the definitions. Try it, it can’t hurt, right?

Grammar Spot

Write in your target language. Keep a diary, or write short notes or text messages to your friends. If you do it on the computer, you’ll get help from spell check! This totally helps me remember to add the extra “e” on a feminine French word. 


Ok, do you have any questions? Drop me line, I’ll get back to you ASAP! 

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