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French Conversation Lessons with refreshments 


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Saint Valentin

Posted on 14 February, 2018 at 11:15 Comments comments (0)

The language of love!  French is a very romantic language and on Valentine's day it is worth brushing up on a few phrases n'est ce pas?

Test your Vocabulary! – How many do you know?

1. L’amour – love

2. L’amitié – friendship

3. Je t’aime – I am in love with you (using tu)

4. Tu veux être mon valentin / ma valentine ? Would you be my valentine?

5. Je suis amoureux / amoureuse de toi – I am in love with you

6. Est-ce que tu veux sortir avec moi – would you like to go out with me ?

7. Est-ce que tu veux m’épouser – would you marry me?.

8. A kiss – un baiser, un bisou

9. Les fiançailles – engagement

10. Se fiancer – to get engaged

11. Un fiancé, une fiancée – someone you are engaged to. But sometimes used to say someone you are just dating.

12. Le marriage – the wedding)

13. Se marier avec qq’un – to get married with someone

14. Épouser quelqu’un – to marry someone

15. Un marié – a groom

16. Une mariée – a bride

17. Un petit-ami/ un petit-copain – a boyfriend

18. Une petite-amie / une petite-copine – a girlfriend

19. Mon chéri, ma chérie, mon amour… there are plenty of French terms of endearments

20. Joyeuse Saint Valentin – happy Valentine’s day.

To join my new beginners class call me on 07985 724842


New Beginners Evening Class

Posted on 8 February, 2018 at 10:25 Comments comments (0)

Rendez-vous with us every week to learn and practise your French.

Lots of useful topics if you are visiting France this summer including:

Greetings and introductions, eating out,leisure, accommodation, driving & directions, shopping, health, house and home,family, friends and relationships etc


French Market Returns to Coleshill 11th September 2016

Posted on 4 August, 2016 at 5:30 Comments comments (2)

Ooh la la! The French market returns to Coleshill for the 4th year on Sunday 11th September, bringing you the best from across the channel. Traders will be open for business from 10am to 4pm on the croft, adjacent to the Parish Church. Once the market is over they pack up and head back to the port for a few days at home before returning for another few days in England selling their wares.


The usual array of goodies will be on offer with something for everyone including bread, tarts and pastries from Remy the baker who tows his oven behind him to bring you the freshest French delicacies. Cold meats and cheeses, olives and mustard and dried fruits, crepes, biscuits and nougat, bags, belts and purses as well as art prints and giftware will all be beautifully displayed in the French tradition for you to peruse. There will be the chance to buy real strings of French garlic and onions and some gorgeous honey. Street food is always popular including garlic prawns and vegetable bakes from Frank and delicious Tartiflette too.


The High Street will be buzzing with visitors who can take the chance to visit the wide selection of shops selling gifts, clothing, sweets and books, electrical goods, beauty treatments and therapies, flowers and cards as well as sample a tea or coffee in the cafés.


Coleshill High Street has an unusually high number of independent traders and that was the original reason for the formation of Love Coleshill nearly 5 years ago, when Morrison’s declared their intention to build a new supermarket at the back of the high street. Love Coleshill’s aim is to promote their members and the town to ensure it remains a vibrant place to shop, eat, visit and conduct business. Many of the high street traders are members of Love Coleshill and pay to support the campaign, but there are also lots of other local businesses who are also members who support the cause too.


The postcard which is used in the advert and leaflet which depicts the market and the Coleshill Parish Church was designed by Gilles one of the traders who sells music and DVDs. As usual the parish church will be open after morning service offering refreshments (including homemade cakes) and visits to the tower with a chance to ring the church bells and enjoy tremendous views from the top of the tower.


Membership of Love Coleshill is only £10 per month and there are lots of benefits including a free listing in the Coleshill Post, a free advert on the Consortium Page of the Web Site a fantastic Loyalty card Scheme, and subsidised membership of business networking group B46 to name a few. There are also regular meetings held which offer free networking opportunities to members too. One of the most popular benefits is a free listing on the APP which is going from strength to strength and is being developed further to help promote the members and their offers in different ways. If you haven’t already downloaded the app just search Love Coleshill in your App store – it’s free and you could win a bundle of 7 prizes in the free Competition. Details are on the Love Coleshill Web Site App page.


“I am also looking forward to the French Market on 11th September” said Chairman Mark Clark “I like to make a day of it and have a picnic on the croft after buying lunch at the market.”


France at Home French Market Manager Muriel Charles commented: “We are always happy to come to Coleshill where we are so warmly received and we hope to continue coming to Coleshill with our Annual markets”. For details visit


The French and Food

Posted on 25 January, 2016 at 8:05 Comments comments (0)

The French love food and know how to make the most of the occasion.  Here is an excerpt from a 'freestyle lesson' every few weeks we work through a text reding, translating and asking each other questions:

La nourriture et les Français: Une histoire d’amour

Si la France n’est pas le seul pays à avoir une grande cuisine, la nourriture et la gastronomie y tiennent une place à part.  D’où viennent cette gourmandise et ce culte du bien manger  et du bien boire? La faute en revient, aux Gaulois, au Valois, à l’Eglise et à Louis XIV...

L’historien Jean Robert Pitte, dans Gastronomie française, n’hésite pas à remonter jusqu’aux ancêtres des Français, les Gaulois.

Dès les débuts de l’ère chrétienne, un géographe grec et un voyageur latin confirment « l’excellence de la nourriture gauloise », notamment de sa fameuse charcuterie.

Après la conquête romaine, les oies du nord de la France ont d’une telle réputation que des serviteurs les acheminent à pied et par troupeaux entiers jusqu’à Rome.

Dès cette époque, la Gaule est aussi un pays exportateur de fromages. Les Gaulois ont légué aux Français cette tradition de convivialité à table qui a traversé les siècles.

Voilà donc le secret de l’art de vivre français: Associer des bons petits plats a la convivialité.

La reine Catherine de Médicis au XVIe siècle apporte le raffinement dans l’art de la table française avec l’usage de la fourchette.

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Posted on 1 October, 2015 at 0:30 Comments comments (0)

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Great lesson and game of Boules

Posted on 22 July, 2015 at 16:40 Comments comments (0)

Every few weeks we have a 'freestyle' lesson with no notes just a topic to discuss and some vocab.  This week was 'Boules' and we learnt the rules, the history and then split into teams and played - it is more complicated and competitive than you may think!

New Monday Morning Classes Starting in Coleshill on 24th February!

Posted on 9 February, 2014 at 8:00 Comments comments (0)

Join us on a Monday morning in Coleshill for French Conversation Lesson, Coffee and Croissants!  New group starting on 24th February - only £15 for two hours including all handouts and refreshments.  Small friendly group, large variety of topics.  Call Marie on 07985 724842  for details!

Or email: A bientôt!

Day Trip to Calais Confirmed!

Posted on 4 February, 2014 at 0:15 Comments comments (0)

We are all off to Calais for the day on 1st April - what better way to practise what we have learnt!  

Calais is a beautiful town with a beach, lovely restaurants and of course we can do some shopping before we leave!

Join our groups and benefit from a friendly approach and ease of practising!