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Learning French: Pétanque, Pastis et Passé Composé

If I had known that learning French is fun, I would have done it a long time ago.

Perhaps it’s fun now because I’m in one of the most beautiful towns in France: Aix-en-Provence.

Learning French is fun

Learning French is fun

Learning French is fun

French is fun

Perhaps French is fun because I love weekend markets.

Learning French is fun

Learning French is fun

Or it’s fun because boulangeries and chocolate shops are showing off in a most extravagant way.

Learning French is fun

Learning French is fun

Learning French is fun

French is fun

The school where I’m taking lessons, IS Aix-en-Provence, is surely the reason that learning French is fun this time around. Classes are small and the instructors are enthusiastic and encouraging.

Learning French is fun

Outside activities are part of the weekly plan so students can explore Aix; tour nearby towns; join cooking classes; or, as I did this week, play pétanques.

Learning French is fun

Learning French is fun

Even when we’re told to learn passé compose, it’s fun at IS Aix. For example my first week:

J’ai rencontré des étudiants du monde entier.

Learning French is fun

Nous avons appris à parler Français dans de petites classes.

Learning French is fun

Je suis allée au centre-ville parce-que c’était à proximité.

Learning French is fun

For more information about learning French in Aix-en-Provence visit www.is-Aix.com

Learning French is fun

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16 replies »

    • Yes! I’d love to have a tiny dog to carry around with me. I’m afraid I’m traveling too much. Glad you can help speak for the school in Aix. I’m looking forward to a return visit already.

  1. OH!!! My heart is aching as I see those pictures–a memoir of my own time in Aix last October. J’ai vu Georges, le patron de pétanque!! And the IS-Aix classrooms…such fond memories. Please say Bonjour to Felicia and Carin if they are there!!

    • Lol! I’m sure I’ll feel the same after this is over. I gave your message to Emmanuelle. I didn’t have your name, but she recognized your photo! Oui, j’adore Georges!

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