Happy 2022 everyone!

Okay, it is another year of looming uncertainty, but there are lots of ways to also make the most of it! 

For one thing, I stay away from the New Year’s resolutions: they just give me a downer when I inevitably give up on them. Instead, I’ve decided on setting or keeping to specific goals. 

At Christmas, I received my desired gift of a Fitbit. So, one of my goals is to do the recommended 10 000 steps. In previous years, I’ve signed up for gyms, told myself I would exercise vigorously for at least 30 minutes a day, cut out (or almost) certain foods from my diet… Yeah, right. I didn’t last very long with any of those. So, 10 000 steps is both realistic and something to strive for. I know I can do it if I make my daily walk with my dog just a little longer. On top of that, if I can get even a little cardio in there somewhere, it’s great! 

Our other goal, more as a family this time, is to get our flat ready for sale. Big changes are afoot, and our lovely little first apartment needs to find new owners; except we need to finish renovating it first! 

So, that’s it for me, have you got any goals to set? 

So what’s new? 

Changes are also afoot in our learning programs! 

In the past year, we’ve noticed that 3 lessons per week is a little too much for the majority of learners. So, we’ve decided to cut back one lesson and instead, encourage you to sign up with Frantastique, from our partner, Gymlish. With their 15 minute lesson delivered straight to your inbox everyday, you get the language time you need, the teacher time you need, and the me time you need! 

What’s more, we think it’s important for you to know what you’re getting into before you sign up, so we’re giving away the first week of lessons for free + a 2 week free trial of Frantastique. To sign up, just visit our page and fill our information request form! 

Now for some tips!

Be sure to follow our blog and/or our Facebook Page for each daily tip. You can also join our learning group: Groupetude Community so that you can share and ask questions about French language quandaries! 

Films

Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont: I really enjoyed this film about a doctor from Kinshasa who decides to take up a post as a GP in a small French village. He uproots his family and despite difficulties, determines to make it work.

Molière: I love a good period drama, and this one is about the famous French playwright Molière. 

Friendzone: a lovely and funny comedy about an awkward young man who falls in love with a girl. The storyline isn’t exactly revolutionary, but it’s a nice, enjoyable watch for an evening in. 

The Culture Tip

You will be saying, “bonne année” to just about everyone the first time you see them until probably the end of January! You will also get invited to a Galette des Rois at least a few times. My personal preference is for the frangipane one, but the other can be passed off with a good coffee or tea, or champagne as well! 

Grammar

Le Figaro has a section all about the French language (for advanced learners) where you can test your skills and see how you match up to the general French population. I personally like these short quizzes because they tend to restore my confidence! You realise that even though you probably make some typically ‘foreign’ mistakes, your general French is unlikely to be much worse than anyone else’s. 

If you’re not an advanced learner, why not check out TV5 Monde, they also have lots of resources for learners of all levels and come highly recommended by teachers as well! 

Thank you all for reading, and once again, bonne année! 

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