A-Z of French for property buyers

A-Z of French for property buyers

Anyone moving to France will tell you that a big part of settling in is learning the language – so don’t miss this handy list of phrases for property buyers to make sure you know your DPE from your VEFA and your longère from your promesse de vente. Plus, we’ve got a special offer from Frantastique for a month’s free trial of online French lessons. 
Parenting à la française: Karen’s experience in the Charente

Parenting à la française: Karen’s experience in the Charente

Karen and her husband swapped the hustle and bustle of UK city living for the peace and quiet of the Charente, France. With two daughters born and raised in France, she’s an old hand at parenting à la française. We spoke to her about schooling, learning the language and the active childhood they’ve enjoyed in the French countryside.
Learning French for property buyers

Learning French for property buyers

So you’re heading off on that property viewing trip. At last! But when a long-cherished dream gets real, you might suddenly feel far from your comfort zone, and very foreign. Learning a little bit of French puts you in control. But which is the best way to learn? Christopher Nye investigates your options for learning French for property buyers.
What are the best ways to quickly learn French for expats moving to France?

What are the best ways to quickly learn French for expats moving to France?

Ready to make the leap and start your new French adventure? You’ve probably already checked a hundred things off your list – finances, legalities and registration, taxes, maybe removals… However, you might have missed one of the key bits of settling in France: starting to learn French as soon as possible.
The friendliness of the French people

The friendliness of the French people

We have always been welcomed with open arms here in the South of France by our French friends and neighbours. Contrary to what some people imagine, the French are more than happy that so many British people have chosen to make their country into their new home.  
Changes to the French language

Changes to the French language

In a bid to simplify the French language, the Ministry of Education has reminded schools to implement a series of spelling changes dating back to 1990 that appear to have gone under the radar until now. There are 2,400 spelling changes in total, which were recommended by the Académie Française, the guardians of the French language, 26 years ago. The Académie Française was officially established in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister to King Louis X111. It was suppressed in 1793 during the French Revolution but reinstated in 1803 by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is basically France’s offici

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